Fri May 06, 2011 By: Nayanika Das Gupta

Why do haloalkanes undergo nucleophilic substitution whereas haloarenes undergo electrophilic substitution?

Expert Reply
Sun May 08, 2011
Due to higher electronegative nature of halogen atom in the C-X bond in alkyl halides the nucleophile can attach itself to the carbon atom,while due to presence of electron rich benzene ring in haloarenes electrohile can easily attach itself to it.
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