Called YInMn blue, it's super power is that it doesn't fade..
Described as "a happy accidental discovery" by chemist Mas Subramanian, 'YlnMn blue' is non-toxic and has a unique crystal structure that keeps the color from fading, even when exposed to oil or water. It also absorbs only red and green light, meaning it reflects only blue...
Mas Subramanian discovered it as he worked on experiments connected to electronics with his team at Oregon State University. “Ever since the early Egyptians developed some of the first blue pigments, the pigment industry has been struggling to address problems with safety, toxicity and durability,” said Subramanian in statement released by OSU.
"[It is] more durable, safe and fairly easy to produce… it also appears to be a new candidate for energy efficiency" he added; it appears it could keep buildings cooler if painted on the roof as it reflects large amounts of infrared light!
“I have sent samples to artists who have used the pigment in their artwork,” he said. One of those artists is Madelaine Corbin, an OSU applied visual arts major who has also interned in Subramanian’s lab. “Our pigment is useful for art restoration, because it is similar to ultramarine but really more durable,” he explained.
The color has already been licensed and patented by Shepherd Color Company who are now selling samples of YInMn blue. The pigment will be made widely available after undergoing more testing according to Artnet News. We can't wait!
Great news for lovers of blue the world over..
Article written by Samantha Mills, inspired by art news writer Sarah Cascone's article "The Chemist Who Discovered the World’s Newest Blue Explains Its Miraculous Properties" Yinmn Blue To Be Sold Commercially
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