Podcast Ep. 45: Purdue’s Whitest Paint Appears in Guinness World Records

Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab’s sample of the whitest paint on record. (Purdue University/John Underwood) New paint formulation could help buildings rely less on air conditioning.

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re sharing a new update from our conversation with Xiulin Ruan, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. 

In an effort to curb global warming, Xiulin and his team created the whitest white acrylic paint – and now, it has earned a Guinness World Records™ title.

The ultra-white paint, which reflects 98.1% of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, could dramatically reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning in some regions.

Listen in as we share more details about one of This Is Purdue’s most popular episodes to date!