Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Cincinnati

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) fulfills a number of beneficial needs in Cincinnati, and Wright Brothers is pleased to offer it from PurityPlus®.

Nitrous Oxide was first produced in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, when he began dripping nitric acid on iron filings. That may seem about as simple a process as one could devise, but a yet simpler process for producing greater measures of N2O was devised under the auspices of Humphry Davy in the late 1700s. It entails applying carefully administered heat to ammonium nitrate, which changes the compound into Nitrous Oxide and water. The majority of N₂O production makes use of this methodology, either directly or by a similar mechanism utilizing urea and a blending of sulfuric and nitric acids.

Nitrous Oxide is employed as an anesthetic, as a leak-detection gas, and as an oxidizing agent. The pharmaceutical and food-and-beverage industries also deploy it as a propellant in aerosol cans, most ubiquitously in commercial whipped-cream dispensers.

N₂O has further application as a specialty oxidizing flame-support gas in atomic absorption (AA) instrumentation for metal analysis. When combined with particular perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it makes an excellent propellant/oxidizer for a few special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide sees a fair amount of use in semiconductor manufacture.

Call Wright Brothers today at 800-637-2222 or contact us online to learn more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Cincinnati. Have other specialty gas needs as well? We’re here to fulfill them.