Organoselenium Chemistry: Between Synthesis and Biochemistry

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The use of organoselenium reagents as catalysts is a common thread that runs through the chapters of this book, introducing important aspects of the modern organoselenium chemistry: organocatalysis, ...
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Introduction

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Claudio Santi

Abstract

Organoselenium compounds attracted in the last twenty years a growing scientific interest. From a chemical point of view, organoselenium reagent can be used in mild conditions to effect chemio, regio and stereoselective reactions and, in a number of examples as efficient and selective catalysts.

More recently also the biological aspect has been deeply explored and some organoselenium derivatives showed interesting and evaluable pharmacological properties.

Keywords:

Selenium, Selenoxides, Selenones, Selenurane, Seleniranium, Seleneic Acid, Perselenenic Acid, Selenurea, Selenocysteine, NMR.

Affiliation:

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lab of Catalysis and Green Chemistry, University of Perugia Via del Liceo 1 06100 Perugia, Italy