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Sun February 06, 2011 By: Karpu 9318
 

why does alcohols react as nucleophiles and electrophiles?

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Wed February 09, 2011
Dear Student
 
Alcohol R-OH behaves both as electrophile and nucleopile. If the RO-H bond breaks it produces RO- and H+. So, alcohol behaves as nucleophile.
If R-OH bond breaks, it produces R+ and OH-. So, alcohol behaves aa an electrophile.
 
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