Katy Wolf, Ph.D.
Dr. Katy Wolf is currently a consultant and is working with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) on solvent alternatives. Until recently, she was Director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989. IRTA’s mission was to identify, develop, test and demonstrate safer low VOC, low toxicity alternatives in industrial and consumer product applications. IRTA also performed emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances. IRTA's work focused 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 led to regulations that 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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