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#blue is the future

It is fascinating to think that colour could not only affect the aesthetics of our architecture but also the environmental performance.

A new blue pigment, YInMn Blue has been developed and now licensed by Shepherd Colors for commercial use.

Mas Subramanian, has been credited with the discovery and is based at Oregon State University as a chemistry professor,

In Florida, California, Australia and the Middle East, there is a lot of interest in finding “cool pigments” that reflect heat, but existing blue pigments actually absorb heat. YInMn reflects infrared light at the high rate of about 40 percent, potentially helping keep buildings cooler and reduce cooling loads.

The blue was an accident; trying to find a red rationally might work, or it may lead to another discovery totally unrelated to pigments, which is how science often works.

The blue was an accident; trying to find a red rationally might work, or it may lead to another discovery totally unrelated to pigments, which is how science often works.

Mas Subramanian
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