Buy Nitrous Oxide Cylinders and Tanks What is nitrous oxide? Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas that has several commercial uses. The majority of nitrogen dioxide is produced by carefully administering heat to ammonium nitrate, which alters its decomposition into nitrous oxide and water. Uses for nitrous oxide Nitrous oxide has various applications such as a leak detection gas, an anesthetic, and an oxidizing agent. The food and beverage industry along with the pharmaceutical industry also apply N2O in aerosol cans, with its most frequent use being a propellant in whipped-cream dispensers. Nitrous oxide is likewise effective in atomic absorption (AA) instrumentation for metal analysis as a specialty oxidizing flame-support gas. In addition, N2O is deployed as a propellant/oxidizer in certain special-application rocket guidance systems when it is combined with certain perfluorinated hydrocarbons. When at its highest purity levels (around 99.995%+), nitrous oxide is also utilized quite frequently in semiconductor production. Where to buy nitrous oxide If you’d like to learn more about the availability and use of Nitrous Oxide and the various purities and concentrations offered by PurityPlus® in in your area, contact your local PurityPlus® specialty gas distributor using our Locate Your Nearest Provider tool. We can also provide more information or be contacted via our website or by phone at 877-81P-PLUS (877-817-7587). PurityPlus also provides a Nitrous Oxide SDS available via this link or in the sidebar.