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What Are Ambident Nucleophiles? Explain with an Example. - CBSE (Science) Class 12 - Chemistry

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What are ambident nucleophiles? Explain with an example.

Solution

Ambident nucleophiles are nucleophiles having two nucleophilic sites. Thus, ambident nucleophiles have two sites through which they can attack.

For example, nitrite ion is an ambident nucleophile.

Nitrite ion can attack through oxygen resulting in the formation of alkyl nitrites. Also, it can attack through nitrogen resulting in the formation of nitroalkanes.

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 NCERT Solution for Chemistry Textbook for Class 12 (2018 to Current)
Chapter 10: Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Q: 8 | Page no. 311
Solution What Are Ambident Nucleophiles? Explain with an Example. Concept: Chemical Reactions of Haloalkanes and Haloarenes - Reactions of Haloalkanes - Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions.
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