Cover Image, Volume 51, Issue 14



Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAm)-based nano- and microparticles have enormous potential to positively impact human and environmental health. As depicted on the cover and presented on page 3004 of this joint special issue between the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry and Part B: Polymer Physics, the Serpe Group utilizes pNIPAm-based nano- and microparticles to bind and remove various harmful contaminants from water. Also depicted are visually colored pNIPAm nanoand microparticle-based devices that reflect specific wavelengths of light depending on the distance between two metal layers, which is mediated by the diameter of the device's pNIPAm nano- and microparticles. The devices have been engineered such that their color can be related to the presence of specific species in solutions to which they are exposed.