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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Claudio Santi


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.


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


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