Contaminants

Imprinted polymers to remove contaminants

Our journey began in 2011 with the development of polymers to remove a pesticide from wine and nickel from dissolved serpentine roc, closely followed by polymers to remove smoke taint from wine and polymers to recover chromium from tannery waste.  

Since then we have been developing easy methods to use the polymers, running trials, gaining food-contact approval from the European Food Safety Authority (FDA approval is in progress) for our polymers and working with companies to develop and test more polymers.

Each polymer is developed specifically for the target molecule and the environment in which it occurs, this ensuring we can remove the problematic molecules while leaving everything else behind.  

Pollutants

Organinc toxins and a wide range of metals can be removed from fluids in the environment.  If these have value, such as some of the metals found in Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), these can be recovered for reuse.

Pesticides

Polymers have been developed to remove specific pesticides from wine, food oils, essential oils and water.  These have been independently proven to remove at least 98% of the pesticides present.

Flavour taints

Bitter, smokey and other unpleasant flavours can be removed from wine, oils and juices without removing the positive flavour molecules.  The same principles apply to removing skin irritants in essential oils and other natural taints. 

Heavy metals

Metals can be removed and (if they are valuable) recovered from factory waste streams.   Also from organic fluids such as fish oils, even when the metals are only present in parts-per-billion amounts.