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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Enantioselective Catalysis for the Preparation of Organoselenium Compounds and Applications

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Francesca Marini, Luana Bagnoli and Silvia Sternativo


The peculiar reactivity and the interesting biological properties of chiral organoselenium compounds inspired organic chemists to develop new methodologies for their synthesis. In recent years, interesting catalytic protocols have been found for the asymmetric synthesis of organoselenium compounds starting from prochiral or racemic starting materials. This chapter summarizes these novel strategies based on the use of chiral organometallic catalysts, organocatalysts and biocatalysts.


Asymmetric synthesis, Organocatalysis, Organometallic catalysts, Chiral Selenides, Desymmetrizations, [2, 3]-sigmatropic rearrangements, Cyclopropanes, Spirolactones, Seleno aldehydes, Biocatalysts.


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Via del Liceo 1- 06100 Perugia, Italy