Featured on the outside front cover is Solubility limits of cholesterol, lanosterol, ergosterol, stigmasterol, and β-sitosterol in electroformed lipid vesicles by Mark M. Stevens, Aurelia R. Honerkamp-Smith and Sarah L. Keller. The team show that the solubility limits of cholesterol, lanosterol, ergosterol, stigmasterol, and β-sitosterol in electroformed DPPC : DOPC : sterol vesicles are 65–70 mol%, 35 mol%, 30–35 mol%, 20–25 mol%, and 40 mol%, respectively.
The paper on the inside front cover is Complex morphologies in thin films of symmetric diblock copolymers as stable and unstable phases by Dong Meng and Qiang Wang. In the paper they report on real-space, parallel self-consistent field calculations with high accuracy to predict various novel complex morphologies in symmetric diblock copolymer thin films confined between two homogeneous surfaces.
The issue also includes a Highlight by Martin Schoen and Gerrit Günther on Phase transitions in nanoconfined fluids: Synergistic coupling between soft and hard matter and two Reviews on Self-assembled one-dimensional soft nanostructures by Sila Toksoz, Handan Acar and Mustafa O. Guler, and Reverse micelles from amphiphilic branched polymers by Marie-Christine Jones and Jean-Christophe Leroux.