Challenges in the rational design of intense inorganic pigments with desired colours
Rationally creating an intense colorant has been a challenge for centuries. Serendipity often played a role in the discovery of important pigments and dyes. In particular, inorganic pigments are promising because of their durability under different conditions. However, in spite of recent advancements in quantum mechanical theories and computational methods, predicting a crystal lattice that will produce an intense inorganic pigment of a desired colour is still elusive.