Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Fresno

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is used commercially quite often in Fresno, and Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply is pleased to offer it from PurityPlus®.

Nitrous Oxide was initially compounded in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who dripped nitric acid on iron filings. As simple as that sounds, an even simpler process for producing more substantial amounts of N2O was perfected under the purview of Humphry Davy in the late 1700s. It essentially introduces carefully administered heat to ammonium nitrate, which effects its decompostion into Nitrous Oxide and water. Most N₂O production relies on this methodology, either directly or by a similar means of production utilizing 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. It is equally popular as a propellant in aerosol cans for the pharmaceutical and food-and-beverage industries, most commonly in commercial 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 particular perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is a propellant/oxidizer of considerable utility in select special-application rocket guidance systems. When its purity is driven to the highest levels (around 99.995+%, Nitrous Oxide sees a fair amount of use in semiconductor fabrication.

Call Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply today at 559-341-4456 or contact us online to learn more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Fresno. Need other specialty gases besides N2O? We’ve got what you’re after.