electrophiles + nucleophiles

What a great start to our Electrophiles and Nucleophiles page! YEAH

OK. Just 2 big ideas to take note here.

1) ELECTROPHILES are POSITIVELY charged

2) NUCLEOPHILES are NEGATIVELY charged

Great!

so now… what makes so many reactions happen with them around?

we shall take a look at their collaborators in such reactions!

Prime targets for electrophiles are…

1) ALKENE

the humble C=C alkene functional group is an amazingly good magnet that attracts ELECTROPHILES like mmm… raindrops to the ground!

It can do so… because the C=C double bond comes packed with electrons jammed within the confines of the 2 adjacent carbons! Just like how a relatively OK looking slice of watermelon contain large volumes of fruit juices!”

The Negative charge of so many close-by electrons draw electrophiles to come closer to say a friendly “hi” or “cheerios”! And it results in a very amicable covalent bond union between our prince charming Electrophile and Sweetie-pie ALKENE in a reaction we call “ELECTROPHILLIC ADDITION” because electrophiles and their alkene partners react to form just one single product!

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