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Optical Colors

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Biomimicry is the practice of copying Nature
Ray of Hope Prize Program Finalist – cyprismaterials.com
Congratulations to the Ray of Hope Prize 2020 Winner ECOncrete!
Look at these ideas! From Alexandre Magnin
…Remember at the bottom a list of other posts about Nature

above image: Rachel Ford James, from flicker

Biomimicry is the practice of
learning from and using
Nature’s Solutions
to solve human problems.

“Biomimicry is no longer just a new way to see and value nature, it is also our path to survival.”

Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute 
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*The Ray of Hope Prize celebrates nature-inspired solutions in Business.

Meet the 2020 – Ray of Hope Prize Finalists

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Here is one of them: cyprismaterials.com

Critical Needs:

1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) & Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)
The 1994 Vegetable Ink Printing Act of US’s Congress mandated that printers with government contracts use vegetable oil-based inks instead of petroleum-based inksThe act was designed to reduce emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).  Still, today’s coating, printing, and coloring chemistries carry dangerous effects on human health and the environment – including polychlorinated biphenyls, heavy metals, formulation difficulties, inability to recycle, health hazards, and un-ethical production – a multimillion dollar industry to clean up, one that is already able to go very green.

2. Heat
It is estimated that 90% of the current buildings in New York City will still be there in 2050. This is probably true for most city buildings. The current built environment (architecture) is not changing anytime soon, and if we are to achieve “cooling off” by decarbonization goals set by states like New York, efficient, CO2 and cost minimizing retrofit technologies are needed. Fortunately, with the amount of new innovations coming out, the built environment has never been a more exciting area to watch. …

Biomimicry in Practice

Over millions of years, Nature has evolved “structural color” – a mechanism to mold the flow of light and colors. Cypris’ coatings are designed to copy the naturally-occurring nanostructures that produce the brilliant colors observed in butterfly wings, peacock feathers, and opal gemstones.


For the last decade, Cypris Materials’ co-founders have been developing advanced materials which can be tuned to selectively reflect ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared light.

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Structural color produces the blue in the wing of the morpho butterfly, and the greens/yellows/blue of the opal gemstone. The unique nanoscale patterns in these surfaces creates coloration through interaction with light. Inspired by nature, Cypris uses its expertise in polymer chemistry to mold the flow of light in a similar way.


VOCs & HAPs in the Print and Paint Industry
Over the last decade, Cypris has developed a tunable structural color coating from commodity materials – easy to find. When formulated and applied onto a surface, the coating self-assembles into a robust reflective nanostructure of a particular color or wave-length. The simplicity of this approach replaces the multimillion-dollar manufacturing in equipment and materials with a simple paint brush.

Heat deflection
… Cypris Materials has found a unique way to produce colorful building walls without the need for toxic pigments or dyes from the paint industry. Their technology is applied as a coating on walls or windows and uses nanostructures to reflect away infrared light. It can even be used on cars. Their coatings have demonstrated a tangible increase in energy efficiency when applied to buildings. Without using dyes or pigments, they say, they have developed colorants that can produce hues in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.


1:37 minutes – How butterflies inspired a new type of paint

Biomimicry in Practice
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Congratulations! 2020 Winner of Ray of Hope Prize

Take a look at these ideas about how we know that temperatures are rising ! From Alexandre Magnin

4:11 minutes – Climate change: understanding the facts (Vostok ice core) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BgD9xul16ghttps://sustainabilityillustrated.com/en/

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