To Dream, to Collect



It is bright, shiny and vibrant.

It resists when exposed to high temperatures and water. It's the new kind of blue that have been accidentally discovered by the team of Professor Mas Subramanian at Oregon State University while analyzing the properties of the manganese oxides, a metal quite similar to iron. It's called  YInMn Blue because of its components: Yttrium, Indium and Manganese. The black manganese is mixed with a variety of chemicals and heated them to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The exclusive crystal structure of the compound allows ions to absorbe red and green waves of the electromagnetic spectrum, reflecting the blue.

The new pigment has been included in the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums, collecting the world history of color with some pigments dating back to the Middle Ages. YInMn will for sure have a place in history with a shining future ahead.

This study has been published by the American Chemical Society.

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