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Why the oxygen of a hydroxyl group act as a nucleophile or a base?

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Alexa Spicer on October 18, 2018

The hydroxyl group is the common name of a molecule that consists of an oxygen and a hydrogen atom connected by a covalent bond, in other words, an Or-H, where the oxygentom has two or three (in the case of a hydroxide anion) pair of free electrons, which can attack another atom with a deficiency of electrons and make a bond (which acts as a nucleophile) or the same thing but attacking a proton H + (atom with deficiency of electrons) acting in this case as a basis. In both cases it acts as a nucleophile, but when it attacks a proton or a molecule with a proton (as an acid) acts specifically as a base. I hope I could answer your question.


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