Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Auburn

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) has various commercial applications in Auburn, and Spec Air Specialty Gases offers PurityPlus® N2O – the most trusted brand available.

Nitrous Oxide was first produced in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, when he began dripping nitric acid on iron filings. As simple as that sounds, an even simpler method of creating larger amounts of N2O was perfected under the purview of Humphry Davy in the late 1700s. It entails applying carefully controlled 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 using urea and a combination of sulfuric and nitric acids.

Nitrous Oxide is used 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 commercially marketed 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 specific perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is used as a propellant/oxidizer in select special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide has found some utility in semiconductor manufacture.

Call Spec Air Specialty Gases today at or contact us online if you’d like to know more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Auburn. Have other specialty gas needs as well? We’re here to fulfill them.