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Selenium reagents as catalysts

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Organoselenium chemistry has become an important tool in synthetic and medicinal chemistry. Organoselenium reagents are more commonly known as electrophiles, but there are a few organic transformations where they act as nucleophiles. These reagents have been successfully employed to achieve a number of synthetically important transformations, such as oxyselenenylations, selenocyclisations, and selenoxide eliminations. In past two decades, another episode of their success was introduced with the development of potential catalysts in organic synthesis. Various selenium-catalysed transformations, such as oxidation, reduction, cyclisation, rearrangement and stereoselective reactions have been successfully investigated. To conduct these reactions, a number of organic and inorganic oxidants were employed to regenerate different active catalytic species in situ. In this review article, recently developed selenium-catalysed reactions are covered including stereoselective reactions.

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The article was received on 02 Nov 2018, accepted on 18 Jan 2019 and first published on 21 Jan 2019

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY02274G
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article

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    Selenium reagents as catalysts

    F. V. Singh and T. Wirth, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CY02274G

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