Is nitrogen more nucleophilic than oxygen?

1 Answer
Dec 23, 2015


Yes, nitrogen is more nucleophilic than oxygen.


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

#"RNH"_2 > "ROH"# and #"NH"_2^(-) > "OH"^-#.