Feast Your Eyes On The World’s Newest Gorgeous Color

The future is YInMn colored

Dec 13, 2017
Scientists at Oregon State University accidentally discovered a new shade of blue.

(Oregon State University)

The world just received an extra burst of color. While testing new materials for electronic applications, chemist Mas Subramanian and his team at Oregon State combined manganese oxide with several other chemicals, heated them in a 2,000 degree furnace, and developed a new bright blue shade called YInMn, named after the shade’s properties.



A press statement by the university announced that the manganese ions absorbed wavelengths of green and red, and reflected blue.

“It was serendipity, actually; a happy, accidental discovery,” Subramanian said. Thankfully for those who’d love to recreate the vibrant shade, there are no toxic ingredients involved when making the color.

Subramanian said that the color is durable, easy to create, and above all, safe. Another unforseen perk? The shade’s ability to reflect light and keep structures cool indicates that it could be a great energy efficient resource.

And for the Pantone fans out there, there’s more good news to come. Research and Development Manager of the Shepherd Color Company, Geoffrey T. Peake said that the new pigment is a sign that scientists could develop additional colors in the “inorganic pigments family.”

We can officially file this gorgeous invention under the ‘happy accident’ category.

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