Wednesday, December 26, 2007

How to make Laughing Gas industrially?

Chemical name of the laughing gas is Nitrous Oxide and chemical formula is N2O. There are two methods to produce Nitrous Oxide in large scale. There are two main industrial processes to manufacture Nitrous Oxide.

1. Thermal Cracking of Ammonium Nitrate;

NH4NO3 à N2O + 2 H2O

2. Oxidation of Ammonia ;

2 NH4 + 2 O2 à N2O + 3 H2O

In Sri Lanka Ceylon Oxygen Ltd used Thermal Cracking of Ammonium Nitrate to manufacture Nitrous Oxide.

Nitrous Oxide is used in Medical field.

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