The backside attack is a term used in chemistry
, in nucleophilic
substitution. It refers to a part in the process when a nucleophile
attatches to the "back" of another atom
, usually carbon
in the SN2
It is the opposite of the frontside attack
, where a nucleophile attaches to the front of the atom.
Inversion occurs from backside attack
when the nucleophile
attacks the electrophile
, the configuration of the molecule
This term caused much merriment amongst the chemistry-studying students in my class, who are usually amused by such things.