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    Why is NO2+ an electrophile? It has a stable octet config. N is not electron deficient
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    (Original post by Vadevalor)
    Why is NO2+ an electrophile? It has a stable octet config. N is not electron deficient
    So do most electrophiles. Alkyl halides. Carbonyls. They all have a full octet.

    Electrophiles either have electron deficient atoms, or a low energy LUMO, or both. N is electron deficient due to the electronegativity of the O atom.
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    (Original post by Vadevalor)
    Why is NO2+ an electrophile? It has a stable octet config. N is not electron deficient
    To add to the above..... when you attack with a nucleophile, the negative charge ends up delocalised across the two O's (much like a carboxylate). N still has a formal + charge
 
 
 
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