# Is nitrogen more nucleophilic than oxygen?

Dec 23, 2015

Yes, nitrogen is more nucleophilic than oxygen.

#### Explanation:

A nitrogen atom is larger than an oxygen atom.

Therefore, the outer electrons are held more loosely and are more easily donated as a nucleophile.

So, the order of nucleophilicity is

$\text{RNH"_2 > "ROH}$ and ${\text{NH"_2^(-) > "OH}}^{-}$.