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    Whats a better nucleophile water or ethanol?
    And why?

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    (Original post by Super199)
    Whats a better nucleophile water or ethanol?
    And why?

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    Always go back to your definition, nucleophile......"lone pair"....

    How available is the lone pair/.....on the oxygen to act as nucleophile - that is how strong it is

    H - O - H

    CH3CH2 - O - H

    alkyl group (ie the ethyl CH3CH2-) is electron donating by inductive effect.

    This would make the lone pair on the oxygen in ethanol more "available" in comparison with water (the hydrogen vs ethyl).

    Hence, ?? is the better nucleophile
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    (Original post by shengoc)
    Always go back to your definition, nucleophile......"lone pair"....

    How available is the lone pair/.....on the oxygen to act as nucleophile - that is how strong it is

    H - O - H

    CH3CH2 - O - H

    alkyl group (ie the ethyl CH3CH2-) is electron donating by inductive effect.

    This would make the lone pair on the oxygen in ethanol more "available" in comparison with water (the hydrogen vs ethyl).

    Hence, ?? is the better nucleophile
    Was going to say that too
 
 
 
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