Cypris Materials Introduces Nature Inspired, Tunable, Structural Color Coating

Applied Like Paint

SOURCE: Ray C. Anderson Foundation


Cypris Materials, Inc. has cracked nature's code on nanostructures by creating a new type of paint that can be used from cosmetics to the auto industry.


Humans live in a colorful world, but the way they make color often involves toxic pigments or dyes, or requires the extraction of natural resources. But there is a different path to color found throughout nature. Animals from butterflies to peacocks have nano-structures that reflect specific wavelengths of light, causing their brilliant tones and hues. This is known as structural color, and Cypris Materials, Inc. has cracked the code by creating a new type of paint that can be used from cosmetics to the auto industry. The video above is a great overview of how the vibrant Morpho Butterflies inspired this game-changing technology.

This is video 2 of a 9 part series showcasing stories of hope during these troubling times. We need to radically change how we build and design our world, and instead of starting from scratch let's first #AskNature.

Cypris Materials was the 2nd Place winner in the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize®, funded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and produced by the Biomimicry Institute.

#biomimicry #structuralcolor #startup #innovation #entrepreneur #paint #butterflies #environmentaldesign

Art and Animation by Jules Bartl

Produced and Narrated by Ed Prosser

With special thanks to support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Tweet me: .@CyprisMaterials has developed a tunable structural color coating that can be applied directly to surfaces as a paint. Inspired by butterflies! #Biomimicry #Innovation #RayofHopePrize Finalist & 2nd Place Winner. @biomimicryinst

Contact Info:

Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
+1 (770) 317-5858
Twitter: @rayslegacy
Instagram: @rcafoundation

Lex Amore
Biomimicry Institute
+1 (415) 800-1407

KEYWORDS: biomimicry, structural color, startup, Innovation, Entrepreneur, paint, BUTTERFLIES, environmental design, Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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