Vertically-aligned carbon nanorods co-developed by Professor Yoke Khin Yap are being featured on the cover of Carbon (issue 49/8, July 2011). These nanorods contained nitrogen donors and will have enhanced electrical and electrochemical properties as compared to pure carbon nanomaterials. They were self-assembled into vertical arrays as induced by the applied electric fields and the incorporation of polarized isonitrile bonds [–N≡C] during the plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process. This work was conducted in the University of Malaya when Professor Yap was on his sabbatical visit during Jan-May 2009. The related article was published by Ritikos et al. in issue 49/6 (May 2011) of the journal. Carbon is a journal published by Elsevier with an impact factor of 4.5.