Is (C≡N^-) compound a nucleophile or electrophile? ?
I answered nucleophile in this. My reasoning was because the molecule contains nitrogen that has a pair of lone electrons. Also, nitrogen has a greater electronegativity compared to carbon. Thus, giving it a partial negative sign.
I checked my answer on the book and it was correct. However, I'm not convinced in my explanation. If the Nitrogen atom has a partial negative sign, then carbon will have a partial positive sign. So, why is the compound only considered nucleophile?
- DrBob1Lv 72 months ago
This is not a molecule, it is a cyanide ANION. The nitrogen bears a full -1 charge and is therefore powerfully nucleophilic.
- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
Where that compound is stable in nature, it is basically a cloud of electrons waiting for a positive charge to come join the dance (it is a nucleophile).