Molecularly Imprinted Polymers

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) are designed to capture and extract specific molecular targets. Hundreds of thousands of different molecules can be specifically bound. These MIPs can bind molecules from fluids and gases within a wide temperature and pH range as long as the target molecule is brought into contact with the polymer. A step-change proprietary technique has been developed to collapse the initial polymer design time frame from 1-2 years to 1-2 weeks, and increasing the batch production of polymer from milligrams to kilograms (proven) and potentially to tonnes.

Kiwi company invents tiny cleansing 'sponges'

Kiwi company invents tiny cleansing 'sponges'


Ligar, a spinout from Wintec, is seeking companies that would make ideal channel and / or technology development partners to grow the many opportunities that it has created.

Unique Selling Propositions
  • Capture down to parts per billion
  • Reusable filters
  • MIPs are highly selective, taking out only the specific target.
  • Able to produce MIPs in large enough volumes to use economically as filters.
  • Proprietary techniques which dramatically lower the development time.

The range of potential applications is vast. Initial target molecules and markets include:

  • Agrichemical residue removal from wine, water and oil without affecting taste
  • Smoke taint removal from wine
  • Metals - a range of targets. Two examples are:
    • Nickel – extraction from dissolved serpentine rock.
    • Chromium – filtration from tannery waste flows.

There are numerous future targets including:

  • Rare earth elements and Precious Metals
  • Caesium, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic
  • Natural extracts, Milk contaminants, Proteins, Sugars
IP Strategy

There are proprietary methods for reducing development time and patents pending.

Project Status

Product ready for early adoption