Coatings Trends & Technologies
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Smriti Arora

Smriti Arora
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.


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