Crayola names crayon color inspired by blue pigment discovered at OSU

Crayola will add a new crayon color based on the YInMn pigment developed in the laboratory of Oregon State chemistry professor Mas Subramanian. (Oregon State University photo)

Crayola has settled on a name for the new crayon color inspired by the blue pigment Oregon State University scientists discovered.

The new shade of blue will be called Bluetiful, ABC News reports.

Crayola received more than 90,000 submissions from fans. It took months to make a final decision, according to an ABC News article.

Some other top contenders included Blue Moon Bliss, Dreams Come Blue, Reach for the Starts and Star Spangled Blue.

The pigment, known as YinMn, was discovered accidentally by Oregon State University scientists in 2009.

Scientists were working to discover new materials that could be used in electronics applications.

They mixed oxide, which is black in color, with other chemicals and heated them in a furnace to nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the samples created by Oregon State graduate student Andrew Smith turned out to be a vivid blue.

ABC News reports Crayola retired a shade of yellow, known as Dandelion, earlier this year.

Crayola says the Bluetiful crayon will be available for purchase in time for the holiday season.

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