Jim Reader - Surfactants, Defoamers and Dispersants in Waterborne Coatings

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Jim Reader - Surfactants, Defoamers and Dispersants in Waterborne Coatings


Surfactants, Defoamers and Dispersants in Waterborne Coatings

This lecture discussion the use of surfactants and defoamers in waterborne coatings.  The objective is to provide an understanding of the factors that influence surfactant and defoamer selection and performance in coatings.  The course starts with a basic introduction to surface chemistry.  It continues with a discussion of what surfactants and defoamers are and how they work.  The focus is on explaining ways to select surfactants and defoamers to avoid defects and obtain optimal coating performance.

Jim Reader
Lead Chemist
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.


Jim Reader graduated from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1988 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He joined Air Products and Chemicals in 1998 in Manchester (UK) as a Research Chemist and later an Application Development Chemist for the Epoxy Additives business. He joined the Specialty Additives business in 1996 and has worked in Europe and Asia before becoming a Lead Chemist in Allentown in 2008. His hobbies include soccer, tennis and board games.


Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
7201 Hamilton Boulevard
Mailcode R3108
Allentown, PA 18195-1501

Phone: (610) 481 7380
Fax: (610) 481 2442

About Air Products

Air Products touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. With over 20,000 employees and operations in more than 50 countries, we serve customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage, health and personal care to energy, transportation and semiconductors. We supply a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services.

Founded in 1940, Air Products has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Our aim is to develop lasting relationships with our customers and communities based on human qualities: understanding their needs, doing business with integrity and honesty, and demonstrating a passion for exceeding expectations.


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