#MasBlue #YlnMnBlueWe in the department prefer to call it Mas Blue after our beloved Mas Subramanian, a fact that causes him some embarrassment.  But we’re so proud of him and this serendipitous discovery.  Due to the viral nature of the news lately, we’re compiling a list of all the news outlets where we’ve spotted mentions of this beautiful hue.

  1. Artnet News – https://news.artnet.com/art-world/yinmn-blue-to-be-sold-commercially-520433
  2. Good – https://www.good.is/articles/new-color-yinmn-discovered?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood
  3. Tech Insider – https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/videos/vb.352751268256569/528882020643492/?type=2&theater
  4. Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3665985/A-deeper-shade-blue-Scientists-accidentally-discovered-new-pigment-solving-ancient-Egyptian-quest.html
  5. Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/newest-shade-of-blue_us_577321d9e4b0d1f85d47c1da
  6. IFL Science – http://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/this-new-shade-of-blue-was-accidentally-discovered-by-chemists/
  7. Seventeen – http://www.seventeen.com/life/news/a41470/mas-ubramanian-yinmn-blue-pigment/
  8. Cosmopolitan – http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a60647/mas-ubramanian-yinmn-blue-pigment/
  9. Elite Daily – http://elitedaily.com/news/scientists-discovered-new-color-absolutely-gorgeous/1535713/?platform=hootsuite
  10. Teen Vogue – http://www.teenvogue.com/story/scientists-accidentally-make-new-shade-blue?platform=hootsuite
  11. ZMEScience – http://www.zmescience.com/other/art-other/yinmn-blue-pigment/?
  12. Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/BHR_hqoDrH7/
  13. Mental_floss – http://mentalfloss.com/uk/art/44161/scientists-accidentally-discover-new-shade-of-blue
  14. Elle Decor – http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/color/news/a8842/shades-of-blue-color/?src=TrueAnth_ELLEDECOR_TW&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=5774383904d301270f64432f&utm_medium=trueanthem&utm_source=twitter
  15. Today Style – http://www.today.com/style/new-color-has-been-discovered-it-s-beautiful-t100335
  16. InQuisitr – http://www.inquisitr.com/3256926/yinmn-blue-science-discovers-new-near-perfect-color-by-accident/
  17. The Science Explorer – http://thescienceexplorer.com/technology/new-gorgeous-shade-blue-was-accidentally-made-chemists
  18. Yahoo News – https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/scientist-accidentally-discovers-worlds-newest-152632141.html
  19. Slate – http://www.slate.fr/story/120403/nouveau-bleu
  20. Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/best-colour-world-beautiful-new-8309029
  21. Art & Design – http://hccart.blogspot.com/2016/06/scientists-accidentally-discover-new.html
  22. Atlas Obscura – http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-a-gorgeous-new-shade-of-blue
  23. Tech Times – http://www.techtimes.com/articles/168257/20160704/new-shade-of-blue-found-through-happy-accident-may-soon-be-available.htm
  24. The Sydney Morning Herald – http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/its-yinmn-the-new-nearperfect-blue-that-reflects-heat-and-doesnt-fade-20160630-gpv742.html
  25. Z News – http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/and-more/newest-shade-of-blue-set-to-make-world-a-better-place_1902096.html
  26. Chicago Now – http://www.chicagonow.com/downsize-maybe/2016/07/we-take-a-shine-to-yinmn-its-the-new-blue/
  27. Fox News Science – http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/07/20/how-scientists-discovered-brilliant-new-blue-pigment.html
  28. NPR – http://www.npr.org/2016/07/16/485696248/a-chemist-accidentally-creates-a-new-blue-then-what
  29. Philadelphia Magazine – http://www.phillymag.com/property/2016/07/14/new-shade-of-blue/
  30. New York; News & Politics – http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/scientists-accidentally-discovered-a-new-blue.html
  31. KVAL News; Eugene – http://kval.com/news/local/orange-black-and-blue-implications-of-new-pigment-developed-at-oregon-state
  32. Nerd Alert; YouTube – https://youtu.be/K0FDoKmhTC4
  33. Think The Earth – http://www.thinktheearth.net/jp/thinkdaily/news/science/1266new-blue.html
  34. New Verse News – http://newversenews.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-versatility-of-blue.html
  35. Forbes – http://www.forbes.com/sites/sujatakundu/2016/06/30/the-accidental-discovery-of-a-brand-new-shade-of-blue/#1ee79601438e
  36. India Today – http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/yinmn-the-newest-shade-of-blue-is-energy-efficient-and-chemical-free/1/704565.html
  37. Terra Brasil – https://noticias.terra.com.br/ciencia/yinmn-a-nova-tonalidade-intensa-e-brilhante-de-azul-descoberta-por-acidente,279893b7d1183fd469722c712a7d01cabasb988p.html
  38. Gazet Van Antwerpen – http://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20160628_02360617/wetenschapper-ontdekt-revolutionaire-nieuwe-kleur?hkey=e8909b03b144aada5249a627e80ad61b&utm_source=gva&utm_medium=nieuwsbrief&utm_campaign=avond_metropool&M_BT=65047025317&adh_i=6a000a7bc58fe27ed967766ddce5ff13
  39. Woman TOC – http://www.womantoc.gr/life/article/yinmn-blue-epistimones-anakalypsan-mia-olokainourgia-apoxrosi-tou-ble
  40. BBC.com – http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/geral-36644897
  41. FOR Elements – http://forelements.pl/yinmn-czyli-calkiem-nowy-rodzaj-niebieskiego/
  42. kenh14.vn – http://kenh14.vn/yinmn-blue.html
  43. BBC.com – http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-36597000
  44. Nerdcore – http://www.nerdcore.de/2016/06/29/newest-blue-is-yinmn-blue/
  45. Did you know? blog – http://didyouknowblog.com/post/146717305045/science-teacher-mas-subramanian-and-his-team-at
  46. Indie 88 – http://indie88.com/this-new-shade-of-blue-scientists-discovered-looks-awfully-familiar/
  47. Gurney Journey – http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2016/03/new-blue-pigment-discovered.html
  48. Digital Trends – http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/blue-pigment/
  49. Architectural Digest – http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/scientists-accidentally-discover-a-new-shade-of-blue
  50. AOL News – http://www.aol.com/article/2016/06/29/new-vivid-blue-color-accidentally-discovered-by-scientists/21421643/
  51. Jack on the Web – http://jackontheweb.cbslocal.com/2016/06/29/scientist-discovers-a-new-shade-of-blue/
  52. Futurism – http://futurism.com/chemists-accidentally-created-a-new-shade-of-blue-now-what/
  53. 3CR.org – http://www.3cr.org.au/lostinscience/episode-201607210830/saturated-fat-yea-or-nay-new-pigment-yinmn-blue-bio-engineering
  54. Times of India – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/Five-Indian-inventions-that-you-have-probably-never-heard-of/articleshow/53357956.cms
  55. Think Out Loud – http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/new-blue-pigment-music-inspired-by-crater-lake/
  56. Science Magazine – https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6439/424
  57. New York Times – https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/style/blue-pigment-YInMn.html
  58. OPB – https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-state-university-color-blue-mas-subramanian-chemistry/

Keep checking back, we’ll update as we get more links.  In the mean time, you can follow the hashtags.  #MasBlue #YlnMnBlue

Name: Claudia S. Maier

Area of Study / Position Title:  Chemistry,  Professor

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?):  Chemistry is what makes life possible; every movement, every interaction and communication, every  thought, every cure, every biomolecules comes down ultimately to atoms and bonds, i.e. chemistry.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?  As a chemist I find it fascinating to reveal the molecular players – the critical biomolecules and the chemical signatures – that are associated with the response of a biological system to diverse stimuli, exposure, chronic diseases and aging. We use mass spectrometry, a very sensitive analytical technique, to detect and identify the players.  Knowing the players will in turn open avenues for designing therapies and promoting health.

One thing you truly love about your job?  Love the interaction with my students in the classroom and in the lab;  there is nothing more rewarding if a student shows you what she/he developed or discovered and then starts to create her/his own story.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.  Love the smell of horse poop

Name: Mike Lerner

Area of Study / Position Title: Inorganic/Materials Chemistry, Professor

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?): It was some courses I took in my first year at college. Freshman majors didn’t take general chemistry, instead I had one term each of biochemistry and crystallography. I was fascinated and a bit mystified, and they got me hooked into chemistry.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? I’m looking into new intercalation chemistry reactions, and also at the preparation of new nanocomposites materials. These are interesting lately because they are the electrodes used in lithium-ion and related batteries.

One thing you truly love about your job? One thing I love is discussing results from ongoing research projects. Getting results from new experiments means finding out unknown things about nature, and it really feels like being an explorer.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. I worked for Stanley Kaplan (the man himself) for several years during college.

Name: Wei Kong

Area of Study / Position Title: Professor in Physical Chemistry

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?): Not much interest in chemistry initially, particularly O chem.  Only wanted to do laser spectroscopy because of the mathematics involved.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? Develop a new technique to determine structures of macromolecules, and along the way, understanding fundamental properties of related physical processes.

One thing you truly love about your job? The freedom to imagine

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. I do not like and cannot stand watching any games on baseball or golf.

Dr. Chong Fang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University, has been awarded one of the prestigious 2015 NSF CAREER Awards.

Chong Fang
Chong Fang joined OSU Chemistry in September 2010.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide program that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. A CAREER grant should build a firm foundation for the recipient for a lifetime of research excellence and creative leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

This NSF CAREER Award will fund Dr. Fang’s research for the next five years. His current research focuses on developing state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques to reveal the fluorescence mechanisms of green fluorescent protein (GFP) derivatives and emerging fluorescent protein biosensors. These colorful biomolecules originally derived from jellyfish floating in the Pacific ocean and later from coral reefs near Australia have revolutionized bioimaging for almost two decades. However, these biosensors still suffer from drawbacks in photostability, brightness, detection depth, and color contrast, etc. The key to rationally design the next-generation biosensors with improved and targeted properties lies in the mechanistic understanding of molecular fluorescence, emitted from the chromophore that is an organic moiety embedded in the center of the protein pocket.

The femtosecond Raman methodology implemented in the Fang lab will resolve the choreography of chromophore motions, to the detail of transporting a single proton upon photoexcitation, with the time resolution of a billionth of a millionth of a second. These unique and powerful experiments will provide previously hidden governing factors for the structural evolution of chromophores and the emission outcomes in emerging GFP-related biosensors, and can be extended to other photosensitive systems. The vivid molecular “movie” that is captured during chemical reactions and biological functions opens new ways to study physical chemistry and quantum mechanics in action.

“Winning this NSF CAREER award not only provides the crucial resources we need to bring our current femtosecond Raman methodology to the next level, both in technical innovation and sample applications, but also assures us that the scientific problems we are tackling hold transformative and broad impact.” Fang says. “Our group will use the newly available resources to systematically elucidate fluorescence mechanisms in an emerging group of protein biosensors, and pinpoint strategic atomic sites that protein designers and engineers can target to rationally improve the properties of those biosensors. The fundamental understanding of how things work, at the same time, is always a fascinating journey that keeps us inspired and motivated.”

Dr. Fang grew up in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. He earned dual B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Applied Computer Science at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He continued on to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Prof. Robin Hochstrasser (1931-2013) and obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (2006). He performed postdoctoral research with Prof. Richard Mathies at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the OSU Chemistry Faculty in September 2010. Dr. Fang’s research group currently boasts one postdoc and six graduate students. Some of Dr. Fang’s other noted awards are the GRF and RERF Fund Awards at OSU, Dean’s Scholar Award at UPenn and the Guo Moruo Scholarship at USTC.

Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Rich Carter, stated, “I am thrilled to see Chong’s significant scientific and educational accomplishments acknowledged by the NSF through this award. He is one of the leading young chemists in his area internationally and this honor is well deserved.”





Originally published in Terra Magazine – January 30, 2015 – by Doug Keszler

Doug KeszlerI AM OFTEN ASKED ABOUT THE STEPS leading to establishment of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry headquartered at Oregon State University.

The story starts with the glimmer of an idea that emerged in the mid-1980s. The idea took hold in the 1990s, and culminated in 2011 with the establishment of a multi-institutional research center dedicated to developing the next generation of electronic circuits — circuits that are cleaner, cheaper and faster to make for the ever-changing demands of industry and consumers. Driving the center’s formation was a critical mass of relationships, philanthropy, distinctive science, strategic planning, numerous institutional partnerships and opportunities for leveraging.


In the beginning, there was the OSU Foresight! Campaign, a modest fundraising effort that provided startup packages for three faculty hires in the mid-1980s — a “cluster hire” focused on building the area of materials science. At the time, materials science was a barely emerging field, making OSU an early player. John Wager in electrical engineering and I were two of the hires. We rarely interacted, however, until the mid-1990s. Our collaboration, combining fundamental chemistry and electrical engineering, eventually blossomed and formed the basis for the unique research now done in the Center.  Read more…

WHAT IF WE COULD TURN EXCESS CO2 into a boon for electronics and other industries?

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to do just that. David Ji and his research team have captured atmospheric carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — and used it to make an advanced, high-value material for energy-storage devices that power everything from defibrillators to hybrid electric cars.

This innovation in nanotechnology won’t soak up enough carbon to solve global warming, the researchers say. However, it will provide an environmentally friendly, low-cost way to make “nanoporous graphene,” a pure form of carbon that’s super-strong and ultra-efficient at conducting heat and electricity. All of these properties give nanoporous graphene a big edge over activated carbon, now used in making commercial supercapacitors — devices that can store energy for rapid release.  Read more…

What is it? 

A new chemical reaction between magnesium, zinc and CO2 that can be used to synthesise nanoporous graphene for supercapacitors.

Who is involved?

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University College of Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of South Florida and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA.  Read more…

OSU-Cascades faculty members are working hard to bring science students more opportunities to apply concepts learned in the classroom.

Using undergraduate students to conduct research is an up-and-coming trend at OSU-Cascades that has slowly garnered more funding opportunities over the past few years.

Traditionally, most university research is conducted by tenure-track professors and graduate students. But OSU-Cascades doesn’t have graduate students in science, and many within the Oregon State University system say bringing undergraduates into research projects benefits everyone.  Read more…

Originally published by OSU News and Research Communications

December 2, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.

This innovation in nanotechnology won’t soak up enough carbon to solve global warming, researchers say. However, it will provide an environmentally friendly, low-cost way to make nanoporous graphene for use in “supercapacitors” – devices that can store energy and release it rapidly.

Such devices are used in everything from heavy industry to consumer electronics.

The findings were just published in Nano Energy by scientists from the OSU College of Science, OSU College of Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of South Florida and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany, Ore. The work was supported by OSU.

In the chemical reaction that was developed, the end result is nanoporous graphene, a form of carbon that’s ordered in its atomic and crystalline structure. It has an enormous specific surface area of about 1,900 square meters per gram of material. Because of that, it has an electrical conductivity at least 10 times higher than the activated carbon now used to make commercial supercapacitors.  Read more…

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