Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Western Michigan A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) fulfills a number of beneficial needs in Western Michigan, and GTW is this area’s only distributor of preferred PurityPlus® N2O. Nitrous Oxide was originally synthesized in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who brought iron filings into contact with a nitric acid drip. As simple as that sounds, a still simpler method of producing larger measures of N2O was developed under the supervision of Humphry Davy in the late eighteenth century. It entails applying carefully controlled heat to ammonium nitrate, which causes this chemical compound to decompose into Nitrous Oxide and water. The bulk of N₂O production makes use of this technique, either directly or by a similar mechanism using urea and a blending of sulfuric and nitric acids. Nitrous Oxide has additionally found favor as an anesthetic, as a leak-detection gas, and as an oxidizing agent. Another widespread use for it – especially by the pharmaceuticals and food-and-beverage industries – is as an aerosol can propellant, most ubiquitously 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 combined with certain perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it makes an excellent propellant/oxidizer for a few special-application rocket guidance systems. And, in extremely high purity (99.995+%), Nitrous Oxide sees a fair amount of use in semiconductor manufacture. Get in touch with GTW today at 616-754-6120 or contact us online for additional details on the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Western Michigan. Have other specialty gas needs as well? We’re here to fulfill them.