Chemical Formula: N2O
bonds resonate between single/triple and double
Colorless non-flammable gas with a sweet odor
Nitrous oxide is used as a foaming agent and propellant in whipped
cream. It dissolves easily in fats under pressure, and comes out
of solution when the pressure is reduced, much like the carbon
dioxide in a can of soda.
Many gasses will dissolve in fats, and make good propellants.
However, most are flammable or toxic, or react with the fats.
Nitrous oxide dissolves in the fats that sheath the nerve cells,
and produces numbing and mild intoxication. It is the "laughing gas"
used by dentists to make patients less aware of pain.
Other possible propellants, such as the propane used in hair sprays,
also cause intoxication when they dissolve in the fats around nerve
cells, and so are not used, since their flammability, safety, cost, or
taste makes them less desirable than nitrous oxide for whipping cream.
nitrous oxide: InChI=1/N2O/c1-2-3
By Simon Quellen Field