Imprinted polymers are typically used for low volume applications in laboratories, detecting the presence of specific molecules. Ligar’s focus is on making large volumes of polymer in formats that are easy to use and familiar to engineers in the industries where they will be used. Where it is needed, this includes pre-processing the materials to be filtered (for example, liquidising plant matter) and processes to efficienty remove the target molecules from the polymer.
Assuming there is no fouling, the polymers can be used through hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of cycles. Cycling quickly allows us to reduce the size of the processing equipment compared to alternative systems, with this in turn reducing capital costs.