The Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Western Michigan Laboratory Research


GTW has been providing PurityPlus® liquid nitrogen for Western Michigan-area laboratory use since we first opened our doors. The one attribute that makes this commodity so [[desi|[prefe]7]rable in so many types of laboratory situations – particularly as a refrigerant – is its capability of maintaining temperatures conspicuously lower than the freezing point of water.

A previous blog of ours outlines the use of nitrogen in food processing. In its condensed, readily movable liquid form (which needn’t be pressurized), we deliver it for such laboratory applications as …

  • cryogenics – encompassing the creation and analysis of low temperature extremes and how materials behave at such temperatures;
  • cryonics – the long-term protection of biological tissue (blood, reproductive cells, surgical samples, even human bodies) at extraordinarily low temperatures in order to ”reawaken” them and reanimate them at some future date; also as a means of cryoconserving genetic assets;
  • energy storage (serving as a “vehicle” for it);
  • ensuring that all types of scientific detection instruments work with greater efficiency; and
  • effecting lower pressures in laboratory vacuum systems.

As a coolant, liquid nitrogen is primarily used by the laboratories that depend on us …

  • to accomplish superconductivity in high-temperature superconductors;
  • to preserve the liquid helium cooling systems of high-field superconducting magnets, for instance those used in nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and magnetic resonance imaging systems, at an exceedingly low temperature;
  • in cooling baths and other testing situations meant to cause very low-temperature chemical reactions;
  • in vacuum-pump traps; and
  • in astronomy cameras utilizing CCD image sensors.

These examples, as comprehensive as they are, barely account for liquid nitrogen’s use in the laboratory. Our Western Michigan customers quite often discover their own, singular uses for it, just as they do for nitrogen in its gaseous state – which, of course, we also produce.

The upshot of it is, more and more scientific, medical, and industrial research facilities hereabouts are turn|look|com]104]ing to us for the PurityPlus® nitrogen and liquid nitrogen they require in order to reach their research goals. They’ve found us to be a trusty, ready source of these commodities. And they’ve come to depend not only on our supplying them when they need them, but also on their demonstrable quality, our affordable prices, and the savvy, personalized service of our people. Contact GTW, your Western Michigan PurityPlus® Partner, today for every laboratory nitrogen and liquid nitrogen need.