A new non-toxic, inorganic blue pigment has been discovered by accident by chemists in Oregon. They were experimenting with electronics materials that they mixed with manganese oxide and heated them to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, when a batch suddenly turned a brilliant blue.
"The new pigment is formed by a unique crystal structure that allows the manganese ions to absorb red and green wavelengths of light, while only reflecting blue. The vibrant blue is so durable, and its compounds are so stable – even in oil and water – that the color does not fade. These characteristics make the new pigment versatile for a variety of commercial products."EDIT: Howard Lyon wrote to The Shepherd Color Company asking about the availability of the pigment to artists and received this reply:
"Shepherd Color is excited about partnering with Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian and his team to bring a new blue pigment to the market place. This new blue pigment, based on the rare-earth elements yttrium, indium along with manganese produces a brilliant blue color- but its beauty extends past the visible spectrum into the near infrared spectrum. The new blue allows darker shades to be formulated that stay cooler than standard blue. These dark blue colors specifically have been difficult to make for building products that have stringent building code and standards requirements. This high-value and differentiated pigment chemistry is completing its production scale-up. In anticipation of launching the product, we are building stock for launch of the product in April 2016."
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