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What are ambident nucleophiles? Explain with an example.

What are ambident nucleophiles? Explain with an example.

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Anjali Ahuja
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7 years ago
Ambident Nucleophiles are basically the ions which have two nucleophilic centers. They bond with other ions with both the centers resulting in species of different configuration.
For Example: cyanide ion: CN-and nitrile ion NO3-

Cyanide has two nucleophilic centers one on Carbon and other on Nitrogen.

Nitrile has one on Nitrogen and nitrile on Oxygen.

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