what are ambident nucleophiles?

Asked by mimilogic | 12th Nov, 2010, 12:00: AM

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A nucleophile which can form bond with two centres is known as ambidentate nucleophile.
For example Cyanide. In CN-, there are actually two centres of attack one is C and the other is N, which makes it an ambidentate nucleophile. However, at a moment only one can remain attached to an electrophilic centre. It is because of this reason, that Nitriles and Isonitriles have come into existence.
 
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Answered by  | 13th Nov, 2010, 12:09: AM

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