Cover Image, Volume 128, Issue 2


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As presented by Toshimitsu Ichimori, Kenta Mizuma, Tetsuya Uchida, Shinichi Yamazaki, and Kunio Kimura on page 1282. the cover picture shows a scanning electron micrograph of a poly(p-oxybenzoyl) nanofiber network prepared by reaction-induced phase separation during the polymerization of 4-acetoxybenzoic acid with 3,5-diacetoxybenzoic acid in aromatic solvent. The network is composed of fibers connected to each other at spherical nodal points and the polymer molecules are aligned along the long direction of the fibers. This morphology resembles a texture of non-woven fabrics, suggesting a new method to prepare non-woven fabrics of intractable high-performance polymers without spinning.