why does alcohols react as nucleophiles and electrophiles?

Asked by alagar | 6th Feb, 2011, 08:09: PM

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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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Answered by  | 9th Feb, 2011, 12:29: PM

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