Answer to Question #138208 in Other for Sarita bartwal

Question #138208
Why is iodide ion a good nucleophile but a weak base?
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2020-10-15T18:46:06-0400

The relative lack of basicity of the iodide anion in water is precisely what makes it a good nucleophile. Its lack of affinity toward protons - i.e. the protons of water - physically frees it to attack electrophilic atoms (not limited to carbon). There is little hydrogen bonding between iodide ion and water.


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