Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Northern Illinois A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) fulfills a number of beneficial needs in Northern Illinois, and Weldstar Specialty Gases is pleased to offer it from PurityPlus®. Nitrous Oxide was initially compounded in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who dripped nitric acid on iron filings. Though that seems simple enough, a still simpler process for producing larger amounts of N2O was devised under the auspices of Humphry Davy before the turn of the 18th century. It essentially introduces cautiously regulated heat to ammonium nitrate, which changes the compound into Nitrous Oxide and water. The bulk of N₂O production makes use of this technique, either directly or by a similar mechanism utilizing urea and a combination 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 commonly in commercial whipped-cream dispensers. N₂O has further application 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 a few special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide is used with some frequency in semiconductor manufacture. Get in touch with Weldstar Specialty Gases today at 708-627-1007 or contact us online for additional details on the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Northern Illinois. Looking for a reliable source of still more specialty gases? We’re it!