Douglas L. Gin, Jason E. Bara, Richard D. Noble and Brian J. Elliott
Cover: The cover picture shows how cross-linked polymers containing uniform, aqueous pores with diameters of ≤1.2 nm can be made by the radical photopolymerization of self-organized lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) (i.e., surfactant) monomer assemblies. Depending on the shape of the LLC monomers and their packing preferences, cross-linked networks with ordered 1-D cylindrical or 3-D interconnected pore systems can be generated. The resulting nanostructured polymer films are able to perform enhanced gas and liquid separations via control of the solubility-diffusivity characteristics of the substrate molecules passing through them, or via molecular size-exclusion through the nanopores. Further details can be found in the article by D. L. Gin,* J. E. Bara, R. D. Noble, and B. J. Elliott on page 367.