YInMn Blue: A New Blue Color has Been Discovered

I try to keep up with color news, and YInMn, a new synthetic blue pigment has been recently discovered.  It's burst onto the art and industrial design scene; bright, clear and pure. Perhaps not since mauveine (an aniline dye of purple) was discovered in 1856 by Sir William Henry Perkins as the very first synthetic color, have we seen such a fuss over a new hue.

Developed during an ongoing experiment in electronics in 2009 at University of Oregon by chemist Mas Subramanian and his team, it is created by mixing essentially Yttrium, Indium and Manganese (hence the name Yinmn) at high heat.  The resulting substance was a vivid new blue with unique properties that allow it to be fade resistant in both water and oil. This blue also reflects a significant amount of infrared rays, lending it to future use in a colored surface to prevent the transfer of sunlight's heat into a building or other object.

While we wait for it to enter industrial use, we can wonder: will our cars all have blue roofs? Will our homes be shingled in blue? And what about beach umbrellas, camping tents, sun hats and just about everything else that protects us from the sun?

And then, there's simply the artistic application of an easily available brilliant blue that won't fade: blue carpeting, blue sofas, blue wall paper, blue drapes.

Oh My!