Blue has been one of the most difficult colours to make throughout history, from the ancient Egyptians to the Han Dynasty of far east Asia, each culture had its try in creating a perfect blue. However, last month, a new pigment, the Blue YInMn, was licensed for commercial purpose, promising a new future for this colour.
Blue YInMn was discovered accidentally while a group of chemists from Oregon State University, lead by Mas Subramanian, experimented different chemicals together. While mixing some electronic materials and manganese oxide – black in color – then heating them at 2000 Fahrenheit, one of the samples came out a vivid blue.
“It was a serendipity, actually; a happy, accidental discovery,” Subramanian claimed on the official website of OSU.
The vibrant blue is formed from a unique crystal structure that can absorb red and green wavelengths so good that the colour does not fade even when testing in oil and water. These characteristics also make the colour perfect for commercial use, and even better, none of the ingredients within the pigment is toxic.
As we all know, ever since the Egyptian discovered blue, a lot of effort has been put into producing a near-perfect shade of this colour. However, most of the blue pigments nowadays are created in either a very costly way, such as azure blue made from the expensive lapis lazuli, or by dangerous methods like cobalt blue and Prussian blue. Such struggling with safety has made this discovery an innovation.
According to the father of Blue YInMn – the name was a combination of its ingredients Yttium, Indi and Mangan – the pigment is very durable, safe and easy to produce, apart from using for daily life purpose like dyeing or coasting, the colour could also be used in blue roofing the house. Moreover, the finding of the new blue could be a sign to show that laboratory producing of inorganic colours is totally possible.
Can the new blue kindle a colour revolution in the fashion world and start a fever amongst fashionistas around the globe? Let’s wait up to learn what new innovations future will bring.
By Trang Nguyen