Preface. Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization. Liquid-crystalline properties of comb-like polymers prepared by homo and copolymerization with styrene of liposaccharidic monomers (B. Gallot). Synthesis and characterization of a series of new liquid crystalline copolyesters containing biphenyl-ester sulfone (Y. Ni et al.). Molecular structure refinement of a main-chain thermotropic polyester containing a 2-Phenyl-Benzoxazole unit by means of the fiber whole-pattern method (R. Centore, P. Iannelli). Characterization of cooperative dynamics of liquid crystalline polyesters by dielectric relaxation analysis (M. Mucha). Acid-base characteristics of some thermotropic liquid crystal polymers (U. Panzer, H.P. Schreiber). Synthesis and properties of block copolymers with polystyrene and liquid crystalline polyester blocks (M.C. Bignozzi et al.). Liquid Crystalline Thermosets. Liquid crystalline epoxy resins (C. Carfagna et al.). Molecular composites from liquid crystalline polymers and liquid crystalline thermosets (B.C. Benicewicz et al.). Rheology of Liquid Crystalline Polymers. Stability analysis and of Polymeric liquid crystal in shearing flow and texture formation (A. Holz et al.). LCP defect dynamics in shear flows (G. Marrucci, P.L. Maffettone). Rheological properties of Poly-p-phenyleneterephthalamide/H2SO4 solutions (D.G. Baird et al.). Shear flows of LC polymers: reanalysis of some literature data within a new theoretical framework (C.R. Leal et al.). Theory of the shear rate dependence of viscosity and normal stress differences in nematic LC polymers (A.F. Martins). Blends and Composites Containing Liquid Crystalline Polymers. Micro-composites by in-situ formation of LCP (N. Ogata). Thermotropic unidirectional CF/LCP - composites and related processing methods (E. Suokas et al.