Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Portland

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) fulfills a number of beneficial needs in Portland, and Cryo-Source is this area’s only distributor of preferred PurityPlus® N2O.

Nitrous Oxide was initially compounded in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who brought iron filings into contact with a nitric acid drip. As simple as that sounds, a still simpler process for producing greater amounts of N2O was devised under the purview of Humphry Davy in the late 1700s. It entails applying attentively controlled heat to ammonium nitrate, which effects its decompostion into Nitrous Oxide and water. The majority of N₂O production makes use of this process, either directly or by a similar means of production that employs urea and a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acids.

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

N₂O finds further use as a specialty oxidizing flame-support gas in atomic absorption (AA) instrumentation for metal analysis. When mixed with certain perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is used as a propellant/oxidizer in a few special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide has found some utility in semiconductor manufacture.

Call Cryo-Source today at 503-235-0168 or contact us online for additional details on the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Portland. Need other specialty gases besides N2O? We’ve got what you’re after.