NH3+ as a nucleophile & Determining if Nucleo/Electrophile

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Michelle_Nguyen_3F
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NH3+ as a nucleophile & Determining if Nucleo/Electrophile

Postby Michelle_Nguyen_3F » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:32 am

Why is NH3+ considered a nucleophile?

Additionally, what is the best way to determine if a molecule/atom is a nucleophile/electrophile? Is it best to just draw out the Lewis structures?

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rielapopp3O
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Re: NH3+ as a nucleophile & Determining if Nucleo/Electrophile

Postby rielapopp3O » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:08 am

NH3+ is a nucleophile because because of the lone pair over nitrogen, which can interact and form covalent bonds with electrophiles.

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Re: NH3+ as a nucleophile & Determining if Nucleo/Electrophile

Postby Lyndon_Bui_3J » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:29 am

Yes, it is usually best to draw the lewis structure. This will make any regions of electron density more clear so you can easily tell whether or not it is an electrophile or a nucleophile.


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