Katy Wolf, Ph.D.

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 low VOC, low toxicity alternatives in industrial and consumer product applications. IRTA also performs emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances. IRTA's work focuses heavily on solvent alternatives in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings, lubricants, paint thinners and adhesives. Over the last 25 years, IRTA's projects have led to regulations that have reduced the use of hazardous substances in California by 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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