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Eletrophile vs Neclophile

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    Hi,

    I ALWAYS the two the wrong way around, I know one is an Electron Pair donor and the other an Electron pair acceptor ?


    How can I make sure I get it the right way around ? Does anyone have a good rhyme ?


    Cheers

    C12
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    a nucleophile is an electron pair donor
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    Phile indicates love for something.

    Hence, nucleophile indicates something that is nucleus loving.

    Only a negative species could love something as positive as a nucleus :sexface:

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
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    (Original post by Carbon12)
    Hi,

    I ALWAYS the two the wrong way around, I know one is an Electron Pair donor and the other an Electron pair acceptor ?


    How can I make sure I get it the right way around ? Does anyone have a good rhyme ?


    Cheers

    C12
    Nucleii are positively charged.
    Electrons are negatively charged.
    Phile = to like.

    Nucleophiles are attracted to positive charge, electrophiles are attracted to negative charge.

    From that you can infer that nucleophiles are electron donors, and electrophiles electron acceptors.
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    OK - like Paedophile, someone who likes Children. Eletrophiles LOVES Electrons ? I like that Idea thank you
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    (Original post by Carbon12)
    OK - like Paedophile, someone who likes Children. Eletrophiles LOVES Electrons ? I like that Idea thank you
    Yes, precisely

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