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What is "Ambident Nucleophile"?

Asked by Ashish 21st April 2017, 7:26 PM
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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.
Answered by Expert 23rd April 2017, 6:32 PM
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