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Nucleophile Question!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by yalla22, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. yalla22

    yalla22 Senior Member
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    is this a nucleophile....C(OH)-R??
     
  2. chopper

    chopper Senior Member
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    a nucleophile isn't the whole molecule - just atoms within a molecule (you can have a nucleophile and an electrophile in the same molecule), although it is often spoken as "this molecule acts as the nucleophile, blah blah".

    That said - your sturcture doesn't have enough around the carbon atom. An -OH group and one R group? unless you meant to write R-CHO - an aldehyde. Then the carbonyl carbon is electrophilic. The carbonyl oxygen is <slightly> nucleophilic.

    Only out of Orgo for a week, so knowledge is going fast. Hope this is right . . .
     
  3. liverotcod

    liverotcod Lieutenant Crunch
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    Do you mean an alcohol as in R-OH? The lone pairs on the oxygen make alcohol a moderate nucleophile.
     
  4. jlee9531

    jlee9531 J,A,S
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    yeah we are kinda confused to as what your example is. can you clarify?
     

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