Identifying Electrophiles/Nucleophiles

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Mir Raza 3D
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Identifying Electrophiles/Nucleophiles

Postby Mir Raza 3D » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:17 pm

If there is no neg/posit. formal charge on the molecule, how can we determine if it is a nucleophile or electrophile?

Alex Nguyen 3I
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Re: Identifying Electrophiles/Nucleophiles

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:27 pm

Try looking at the electronegativity of the atoms in comparison to the central atom. If the central atom is delta negative then it will probably be a nucleophile and an electrophile is delta positive.

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