End Use Specialist
BYK USA Inc.
Smriti has her master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry and comes with 24 years of experience in the coatings industry. She started as a research chemist in resin synthesis and as her career progressed, she gained formulating experience in general industrial, powder, wood and PMC coatings. Before BYK, she was part of a Formulation Framework Team at PPG, addressing new product needs of the General Industrial, Protective & Marine, and Refinish business segments. Smriti joined BYK as End-Use Specialist for Special Coatings in 2018. Her main responsibilities include working with the BYK North American lab in CT and providing technical support to customers.
A Novel Defoamer
As VOC regulations on coatings get more stringent, we see the push towards designing higher solids coatings with use of less and less solvents. These high-solid coatings tend to generate and stabilize a lot of foam in them. Many different defoamer technologies currently available are not able to address the foam issues in the high-solids coatings. BYK introduces a novel technology wherein a hydrophobic particle is stabilized in the defoamer polymer itself and it helps kill the foam faster without increasing VOC of the coatings.