Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Southern California

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is used commercially quite often in Southern California, and WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment is this area’s only distributor of preferred PurityPlus® N2O.

Nitrous Oxide was initially compounded in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, when he began dripping nitric acid on iron filings. Though that seems simple enough, an even simpler method of achieving greater quantities of N2O was devised under the auspices of Humphry Davy in the late eighteenth century. It involves the application of carefully regulated 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 procedure that employs urea and a combination of sulfuric and nitric acids.

Nitrous Oxide has additionally found favor as an anesthetic, as a leak-detection gas, and as an oxidizing agent. The pharmaceutical and food-and-beverage industries also use it as a propellant in aerosol cans, most often in consumer whipped-cream dispensers.

N₂O is equally efficacious as a specialty oxidizing flame-support gas in atomic absorption (AA) instrumentation for metal analysis. When mixed with specific perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is a propellant/oxidizer of considerable utility in select special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide sees a fair amount of use in semiconductor manufacture.

Get in touch with WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment today at 866-WESTAIR or contact us online if you’d like to know more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Southern California. Looking for a reliable source of still more specialty gases? We’re it!