Why are alkyl groups considered as electron donating groups??

Asked by deepti_walvekar | 9th Jul, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

In an alkyl group, the carbon is linked to hydrogen atoms. Carbon is more electronegative than hydrogen. Thus, carbon pulls bonded electrons towards itself and acquires a slight extra negative charge (delta-) and correspondingly hydrogen lose hold over bonded electrons and acquires a slight positive charge (indicated by delta +).
Thus, carbon gets a little more electronic charge which the carbon will push towards the group to which it is linked. Thus, alkyl group sre electron donating group.

Answered by  | 19th Jul, 2010, 05:31: PM

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