Dr. Katy Wolf is director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989. IRTA identifies, develops, tests and demonstrates safer alternatives for industrial and consumer product applications. IRTA also performs emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances. IRTAs work focuses heavily on solvent alternatives in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings, lubricants and adhesives. Over the last 20 years, IRTAs projects have led to a reduction in the use of hazardous substances in California of more than 100 tons per day. Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the Rand Corporation, where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. Dr. Wolf has authored more than 200 publications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.
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