Nitrous Oxide Supplier to St. Louis

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) fulfills a number of beneficial needs in St. Louis, and Cee Kay Supply, Inc. is this area’s only distributor of preferred PurityPlus® N2O.

Nitrous Oxide was first produced in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, when he began dripping nitric acid on iron filings. As simple as that sounds, an even simpler method of achieving larger measures of N2O was devised under the auspices of Humphry Davy in the late 1700s. It involves the application of attentively controlled heat to ammonium nitrate, which effects its decompostion into Nitrous Oxide and water. Most N₂O production depends on this methodology, either directly or by a similar means of production that employs urea and a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acids.

Nitrous Oxide is employed as an anesthetic, as a leak-detection gas, and as an oxidizing agent. The pharmaceutical and food-and-beverage industries also use it as a propellant in aerosol cans, most often 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 blended with specific perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is used as a propellant/oxidizer in a few special-application rocket guidance systems. When its purity is driven to the highest levels (around 99.995+%, Nitrous Oxide has found some utility in semiconductor fabrication.

Call Cee Kay Supply, Inc. today at 314.644.3500 or contact us online to learn more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in St. Louis. Need other specialty gases besides N2O? We’ve got what you’re after.