The Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Riverside Laboratory Research


Elite Air has been producing PurityPlus® liquid nitrogen for Riverside-area laboratory use from the start. The one essential characteristic that makes this commodity so advantagous in such a variety of laboratory activities – particularly as a refrigerant – is its capability of retaining temperatures conspicuously lower than the freezing point of water.

We’ve already limned the use of nitrogen in food processing. In its compact, readily movable liquid form (which needn’t be pressurized), we offer it for laboratory applications as varied as …

  • cryogenics – includeing the creation and examination of low temperature extremes and the behavior of materials 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 revive them and reanimate them sometime hence; also as a way to cryoconserve genetic resources;
  • energy storage (serving as a “vehicle” for it);
  • assuring that all sorts of scientific detection instruments work with greater efficiency; and
  • creating lower pressures in laboratory vacuum systems.

As a coolant, liquid nitrogen is primarily employed by the laboratories that count on us …

  • to effect superconductivity in high-temperature superconductors;
  • to sustain the liquid helium cooling systems of high-field superconducting magnets, on the order of those used in nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and magnetic resonance imaging systems, at a very low temperature;
  • in cooling baths and other testing situations designed to induce extremely low-temperature chemical reactions;
  • in vacuum-pump traps; and
  • in astronomy cameras using CCD image sensors.

These examples, as comprehensive as they are, hardly account for liquid nitrogen’s use in the laboratory. Our Riverside customers frequently find their own, unique uses for it, just as they do for nitrogen in its gaseous state – which, of course, we also deliver.

The upshot of it is, a growing number of scientific, medical, and industrial research facilities hereabouts are relying on us for the PurityPlus® nitrogen and liquid nitrogen they require in order to reach their research goals. They’ve found us to be a steady, ready source of these commodities. And they’ve come to rely not only on our having them when they need them, but also on their certifiable quality, our competitive prices, and the savvy, personalized service of our people. Contact Elite Air, your Riverside PurityPlus® Partner, today for every laboratory nitrogen and liquid nitrogen need.