Introducing the YInMn Blue.
Professor Mas Subramanian, a Chemistry professor of Oregon State University, was experimenting on several inorganic compounds in a bid to discover something he needed for an electronic application. But instead of formulating the perfect formula, he accidentally mixed chemicals that resulted in a vibrant shade of blue.
According to an article from the ZME Science, aside from the pigment’s vibrancy, it also has several other uses for artists and ordinary households. The new YInMn Blue got its name from the three main building blocks: Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese.
It was reported that Subramanian and his team were able to come up with the pigment by mixing the three main chemicals with black manganese before it was put under heat reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The synthetic pigment that Subramanian’s team discovered will add to the extensive color pallet currently used today.
Other sources of pigments include mined minerals from the Earth, pigments from plants, and even clay materials. But scientists have also been developing synthetic color pigments.
Although it was initially developed in 2009, it was only lately that it is reaching the marketplace, the Oregon State University noted in a statement. Once it reached the market, the new shade of blue will have a practical application as coatings and plastics.
“The basic crystal structure we’re using for these pigments was known before, but no one had ever considered using it for any commercial purpose, including pigments. 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,” Subramanian said in the statement explaining the details of the new YInMn Blue.