Water id electrophillie or nucleophille?

Asked by Dimpy Chhabra | 19th Dec, 2013, 07:49: PM

Expert Answer:

  • Water is amphoteric in nature means it can exhibit both acidic and basic nature.
  • It is acidic because it can accept hydrogen forming H3O+ ion. Hence is basic.
  • It can donate hydrogen forming OH- ion. Hence is acidic.
  • Nucleophile means attraction for nucleus which is positively charged while elctrophile means attraction for electrons which are negatively charged.
  • In the case of Water (H-O-H), middle oxygen atom has two lone pairs of electrons, which attracts nucleus. Hence water can act as a nucleophile, and not as an electrophile.

Answered by Prachi Sawant | 20th Dec, 2013, 11:52: AM

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