FIRST NEW BLUE PIGMENT IN 200 YEARS WILL BE MADE INTO A CRAYON
In 2009, Mas Subramanian, a chemist and professor at Oregon State University, was leading an electronics project when he and a student accidentally made an interesting discovery. It was the new blue pigment. Called YlnMn Blue, this brilliant colour is the first new blue in over 200 years and is the inspiration for the latest generation of Crayola crayons.
There are several reasons Crayola wants to wax this bright blue pigment. In addition to vibrant colours that will undoubtedly look beautiful on paper, YlnMn Blue is known for its "long-lasting" colour. This means that it does not change colour when mixed with water or when the temperature changes. It is equally easily reproducible. These colour characteristics are attractive to pencil connoisseurs and commercial companies alike.