Electrophilic Characteristics of CO2 and CH3Cl

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Electrophilic Characteristics of CO2 and CH3Cl

Postby 704578485 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:08 pm

Why would CO2 and CH3Cl both be considered electrophiles. Couldn't they be nucleophiles because of the two double bons in CO2 or multiple lone pairs on a Cl ion?

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Re: Electrophilic Characteristics of CO2 and CH3Cl

Postby Christopher Ansay 1C » Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:41 pm

CO2 is an electrophile because of the lone pairs on each Oxygen. Yes, there are double bonds, but I think the lone pairs on the oxygens will have priority in reactions. Also, the electronegativity of the oxygens pulls on the electrons making the carbon a partially positive charge making it electrophilic.
CH3Cl is an electrophile because we need to focus on the carbon's deltapositive charge. The Cl is very electronegative and pulls on the electrons making C a partial positive charge. Since it is partially positive, it is electron loving making it an electrophile. The Cl will break off, and a nucleophile will bind to the carbon.


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