Liquid Nitrogen

What is the problem:

  • There is a shortage of liquid nitrogen (LN) since the Lab's manufacturer of LN had a piece of critical equipment fail.

  • Temporary repairs have been made.

  • We may have reduced supplies for six to 12 weeks.

What should employees do:

  • Immediately reduce the use of liquid nitrogen to the lowest practical level.

  • Quickly respond to data requests from your tank owner.

  • Refer to this conservation of cryogenic liquids sheet.

  • Fill out this form if you want to be added to email updates about the status of liquid nitrogen at the Lab.

What is the current situation:

  • Please continue to conserve where you can. Use this form to add your name to our liquid nitrogen news email group.

  • The temporary repair will allow the manufacturer to continue to make liquid nitrogen, but it may not be in the same quantity. We may have reduced supplies for up to 12 weeks.

  • The plant will make a permanent repair at the end of January or the beginning of February.

  • There are no alternate suppliers. We are in communication with other Labs and universities in the area, and everybody is affected.

Who is working on this at the Lab:

  • The Lab's Critical Incident Management Group (CIMG) is helping with the response coordination and to better understand the impact on research.

  • Facilities is coordinating deliveries and monitoring liquid nitrogen levels in the tanks.


This page will be updated as new information becomes available.