Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Winona

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) enjoys widespread commercial use in Winona, and Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. is this area’s only distributor of preferred PurityPlus® N2O.

Nitrous Oxide was first produced in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who dripped nitric acid on iron filings. That may seem about as simple a process as one could devise, but an even simpler method of producing larger amounts of N2O was developed under the purview of Humphry Davy in the late eighteenth century. It essentially introduces cautiously administered heat to ammonium nitrate, which effects its decompostion into Nitrous Oxide and water. The bulk of N₂O production depends on this process, either directly or by a similar procedure using 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. An additional widespread use for it – especially by the pharmaceuticals and food-and-beverage industries – is as an aerosol can propellant, most ubiquitously in commercially marketed whipped-cream dispensers.

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

Call Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. today at (507) 454-5231 or contact us online if you’d like to know more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Winona. Need other specialty gases besides N2O? We’ve got what you’re after.