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Anita Trajkovska-Broach

Anita Trajkovska-Broach
CSI: Create. Solve. Innovate. LLC · RD

PhD

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Introduction
1) PoSH - Sorbent materials for removal of heavy metals from industrial waste water; 2) MD Inspired - Health benefits of the nutrient-packed, healthy and sustainable Mediterranean Diet; 3) Skin protection beyond UV range; 4) MELD - solid-state (no-melt) 3D printing in open atmosphere.
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September 2000 - April 2006
University of Rochester
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (57)
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Attractive for its palatability and unique flavourful food choices, the Mediterranean Diet (MD) is one of the most studied dietary patterns due to its numerous health and well-being benefits. MD is, also, an example of a sustainable food system and lifestyle that can be easily implemented outside the Mediterranean basin. It is mainly a plant-based...
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Sustainability should be an imperative in everyone’s lifestyle in order to achieve an equilibrium between humans and ecosystem for the wellbeing of current and future generations. Sustainable food systems and healthy diets are main key-players to achieve sustainable planet and lifestyle and at the same time to be in line with the Sustainable Develo...
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The human health and the overall well-being are greatly affected by the individual’s diet, lifestyle, age, and genetics, as well as the individual’s response to stress, pathogens, and environmental pollution, which is mainly dictated by the immune system. A healthy gut microbiota plays a crucial role in the development and maintaining a healthy imm...
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Edible materials intended for packaging purposes could be used as carriers of bioactive and nutraceutical substances, and consequently to provide an active role in packaging. Active compounds, including a variety of antioxidants, antimicrobials, probiotics, or other functional ingredients incorporated in edible films and coatings could protect food...
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Edible packaging obtained from natural biopolymers as an alternative to synthetic food packaging have become very attractive for food engineers, scientists and consumers due to their edibility, functionality, biodegradability and compostability. Development of edible films and coatings with improved physical, mechanical, functional, barrier and sen...
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Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), also called the”Elixir of the youth and health” by the Ancient Greeks, is a cornerstone in the Mediterranean diet, which has been recognized as one of the healthiest and most sustainable dietary pattern and lifestyle. In this chapter, a brief overview of the major and minor components of EVOO is given followed by a re...
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Novel food packaging techniques are an important area of research to promote food quality and safety. There is a trend towards environmentally sustainable and edible forms of packaging. Edible packaging typically uses sustainable, biodegradable material that is applied as a consumable wrapping or coating around the food, which generates no waste. N...
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The Mediterranean Diet as a sustainable diet and a healthy way of living is in a good agreement with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (UN, 2015). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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Liquid crystals (LCs) were discovered more than a century ago, but their profound impact was in the past four decades through their successful implementation into electronic devices that we are using every day. The research on liquid crystals actively continues in the 21st century and offers unlimited potential in various display or non-display app...
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An overview of alignment technologies for nematic liquid crystals, proposed and developed in the past two decades, is given. Rubbed polymer and obliquely-deposited inorganic films, as well as photo-irradiated, IB-bombarded and patterned surfaces, are briefly reviewed along with several novel alignment concepts. Reports related to the molecular orig...
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Traditionally mechanical rubbing has been widely practiced for the preparation of electrooptic devices consisting of liquid crystals. As a noncontact alternative to rubbing, photoalignment using photoreactive polymer thin films has been actively pursued in recent years to avoid the problems arising from rubbing, such as dust, electrostatic charges,...
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The photoalignment of a nematic fluid, E-7, and a glassy-nematic oligofluorene, F(MB)5, was investigated on films of Polymers 1 and 2 in the parallel regime. Polarized absorption spectroscopy and computational chemistry were employed to characterize coumarin monomer's and dimer's molar extinction coefficients and to locate absorption dipoles as par...
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The photoalignment of a series of monodisperse glassy-nematic oligofluorenes was investigated on coumarin-containing polymer films in the parallel regime. The orientational order parameter of a spin-cast oligofluorene film, SOF, was found to decrease with an increasing oligofluorene length because of the increasing demand on YdSd, the product of co...
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We conducted comparative studies of laser characteristics of CLC doped with DCM dye and a new oligofluorene dye possessing the highest order parameter among all laser dyes. The latter demonstrated better absolute laser performance.
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A new interpretation of liquid crystal orientation on photoalignment films was presented in terms of monomer conversion in the context of a kinetic model, thereby permitting an assessment of key factors governing the crossover behavior.
Conference Paper
We have compared laser behaviors of a cholesteric liquid crystal doped with DCM and a rod-like oligofluorene. The results indicate that the highly oriented oligofluorene dopant yields better lasing efficiency and lasing spectral purity.
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Orientation of a series of nematic oligofluorenes was investigated on coumarin-containing photoalignment films. Cross-over behavior in liquid crystal alignment was observed and interpreted with a kinetic model. The spectroscopic analyses revealed no evidence of photodegradation.
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The orientations of both a nematic liquid crystal fluid and a series of monodisperse glassy−nematic oligofluorenes were investigated on photoalignment films comprising a polymethacrylate backbone with 7-benzoyloxycoumarin pendants. Both classes of liquid crystalline material were found to undergo a transition from a parallel to a perpendicular orie...
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Polymers containing 6- and 7-substituted coumarin moieties were prepared as photoalignment films through linearly polarized UV-irradiation to a varying fluence for an investigation of liquid crystal orientation. Model coumarin monomers and dimers were also synthesized and characterized as part of a novel approach to the interpretation of liquid cry...
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Polymers containing 6- and 7-substituted coumarin moieties were prepared as photoalignment films through linearly polarized UV irradiation to a varying fluence for an investigation of liquid crystal orientation. Model coumarin monomers and dimers were also synthesized and characterized as part of a novel approach to the interpretation of liquid cry...
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Monodisperse glassy liquid crystalline conjugated oligomers are promising for application to photonics and electronics devices. At temperatures above glass transition, liquid crystal mesomorphism contributes to spontaneous molecular self-organization in the liquid state. These ordered liquid films can be frozen into the solid state via cooling thro...
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Novel nonafluorenes with a varying extent of pendant chirality were synthesized for an investigation of the origins of chiroptical activities in neat films. Thermal annealing of 4-microm-thick sandwiched films and of 90-nm-thick spin-cast films, all on surface-treated substrates, produced monodomain glassy films characterized as a right-handed chol...
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The first series of monodisperse glass-forming, nematic oligofluorenes was synthesized following a divergent−convergent approach. Both chain length and pendant structure were found to affect solid morphology and phase transition temperatures. With optimized structural parameters, a Tg close to 150 °C and a Tc beyond 375 °C were achieved. This mater...
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The first series of monodisperse chiral oligofluorenes was synthesized and characterized. Chain length was found to play an important role in solid morphology. Whereas dimer through tetramer are amorphous, pentamer through hexadecamer all show cholesteric mesomorphism with varying degrees of morphological stability against crystallization. Pristine...
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A series of spiro-linked oligofluorenes were synthesized that exhibit blue emission with photoluminescence quantum yields in some cases exceeding 0.50 in neat spin-coated films. Differential scanning calorimetry revealed highly variable glass transition temperatures. A longer conjugation length is desired for better stability against thermally acti...
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Different blends of virgin pipe-grade PVC and PVC recyclate according to their rheological behaviour, processability and mechanical properties have been investigated. Our results showed that an easy and simple way to improve processability of PVC compounds for pipes was to blend them with recycled PVC obtained from postconsumed oil bottles, which i...

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