Nitrogen Dioxide Supplier to Southern California

This brownish, poisionous, corrosive, liquefied PurityPlus® gas does have its uses, commercially, and WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment can deliver it quickly to Southern California businesses.

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂) is an atmospheric contaminant produced when fossil fuels combust in an oxygen rich environment; at high combustion temperatures, the oxygen not set ablaze with the fuel reacts with the nitrogen from the air to produce nitric oxide (NO) and, in the presence of additional oxygen and heat, is further oxidized to NO₂. For commercial use, Nitrogen Dioxide is achieved by the oxidation of ammonia at carefully regulated temperatures in a steam-rich environment.

Nitrogen Dioxide’s largest use is in rocket motors, more accurately in its dimerized state as N₂O₄ (Nitrogen Tetroxide, NOM 4). In this state, it is reacted with hydrazine to produce propulsion. These liquefied gases may be stored for exceptionally long periods in space given that they’re not cryogenic fluids and thus pose no threat of excessive venting from boil-off. They are used in positioning motors in orbiting satellites that may need repositioning at some future date. NO₂ is also employed as an oxidizing agent in organic synthesis and in certain applications as a sterilizing atmosphere.

When it’s employed in specialty gas applications, NO₂ is often a factor in calibration gases for environmental emission and industrial hygiene monitoring.

Want to know more about PurityPlus® Nitrogen Dioxide or its uses? The oft-consulted professionals at WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment are at your service. Phone us here in Southern California at 866-WESTAIR. Or contact us online to provide for all your specialty gas needs.