Is CO2 a nucleophile or electrophile?

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Christopher Kan 2J
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Is CO2 a nucleophile or electrophile?

Postby Christopher Kan 2J » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:03 am

Is CO2 a nucleophile or electrophile? Please explain thanks.

Michelle Dela Rosa 1D
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Re: Is CO2 a nucleophile or electrophile?

Postby Michelle Dela Rosa 1D » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:59 am

Carbon dioxide is an electrophile. If you draw out the Lewis structure for CO2, you can see that carbon is central and is bound to two oxygen atoms. The electronegativity of oxygen gives carbon a partial positive charge, making carbon dioxide an electrophile (Carbon is electron deficient).


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