Ambident

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Dianna Grigorian 1C
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Ambident

Postby Dianna Grigorian 1C » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:43 pm

What does it mean to be an ambident nucleophile? Can someone give an example of how it could possibly be expressed?

Rachel_Harland_3I
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Re: Ambident

Postby Rachel_Harland_3I » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:49 pm

It's a nucleophile thats negative charge is delocalized by resonance over two unlike or unequal atoms

Molly Laviano 3N
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Re: Ambident

Postby Molly Laviano 3N » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:51 pm

You can tell whether or not a molecule is ambident by looking at the lone pairs; an ambident nucleophile has lone pairs available on multiple atoms.

i.e. Thiocyanate (SCN-) has lone pairs available on both Sulfur and Nitrogen

KelseyKobayashi_2M
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Re: Ambident

Postby KelseyKobayashi_2M » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:59 pm

Are we expected to know if it is ambident simply by looking at it?


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