What's the difference between an electrophile and a nucleophile?

  • Google+ icon
  • LinkedIn icon

It's really useful to know that 'phile' means love.

Electrophiles 'love' negative charge - this means they are attracted to regions of negative charge. And as such they tend to be positively charged.

Similarily Nucleophiles 'love' positive charge, so they tend to be negatively charged and will seek out postively charged regions.

Sophie M. A Level Chemistry tutor, A Level Further Mathematics  tutor...

About the author

is an online A Level Chemistry tutor with MyTutor studying at Cambridge University

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist.

95% of our customers rate us

Browse tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss