Selenium Reagents & Intermediates in Organic Synthesis

Selenium Reagents & Intermediates in Organic Synthesis

1st Edition - September 29, 1986

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  • Author: C. Paulmier
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286402

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The explosive growth of organoselenium chemistry over the past 12 years can be attributed to the specific properties of organic selenium molecules, which fit the requirements of modern organic synthesis. Most of them are well adapted to chemo-, regio- and stereo-selectivities. In addition, they can be used in mild experimental conditions which are compatible with the stability of both substrates and products in the preparation of unsaturated and functional complex molecules, especially in the field of natural products. This book describes and illustrates different synthetic routes to organic structures using selenium reagents or intermediates. The approach emphasizes that such transformations are simple, efficient and often carried out at room temperature. The scope ranges from the preparation of both inorganic and organic selenium reagents, through descriptions of structure, toxicity, biological aspects and nuclear magnetic resonance, to applications of specific selenium compounds in various syntheses including natural products and biologically active compounds.


Of interest to graduate and advanced undergraduate chemistry students as well as researchers in organic chemistry.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Sir Derek Barton). General aspects of selenoorganic chemistry. Selenoorganic functional groups. Selenocarbonyl and selenocarboxylic functional groups. Synthesis and properties of selenides. Selenoxides and selenones. Selenonium salts and selenonium ylides. Addition reactions. Addition reactions with cyclization. Selenium-stabilized carbanions. Unsaturated selenides, selenoxides and selenones. Hydroxy- and carbonyl-selenium structures. Oxidation reactions. Reduction reactions and other uses of selenium reagents. Special structures and natural products and biologically active compounds. Author index. Subject index.

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1986
  • Published: September 29, 1986
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286402

About the Author

C. Paulmier

Affiliations and Expertise

Université de Rouen, France

About the Editor

J E Baldwin

Patrick Perlmutter is Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at La Trobe University in Australia. He has been a university academic for 35 years with a highly active research group specialising in synthesis and new synthetic methods including conjugate additions, catalysis, total synthesis, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. His research group has generated approximately 200 peer-reviewed publications in that time.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry La Trobe University, Australia

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