Organoselenium Compounds as Reagents and Catalysts to Develop New Green Protocols

  • Eder João Lenardão
  • Claudio Santi
  • Luca Sancineto


This chapter offers a comprehensive and updated overview on the use of organoselenium compounds as catalysts in organic synthesis. Around 150 references were carefully revised, covering the recent advances in established Se-catalyzed reactions, like the hydrogen peroxide activation and the new frontiers in this fascinating branch of the selenium chemistry, including Lewis base catalysis and selenium-π-acid catalysis. As the reader will note in the pages of this chapter, the combination of the Se-organocatalysis with the use of alternative green solvents (water, perfluorinated, ionic liquids, glycerol-based solvents, etc.), atom-economic reactions, use of green oxidants (H2O2, air), and solid supported catalysis makes Se-catalyzed reactions a feasible and robust green alternative in organic synthesis. The mechanism, scope, and limitations of the reactions displayed in the chapter are presented and discussed, giving subsidies to the reader for a clear understanding of the state of the art in the use of organoselenium compounds as a catalyst in organic synthesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eder João Lenardão
    • 1
  • Claudio Santi
    • 2
  • Luca Sancineto
    • 3
  1. 1.CCQFA - LASOLUniversidade Federal de PelotasPelotasBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversità degli Studi di PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  3. 3.Section of Heterorganic ChemistryCentre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of SciencesŁódźPoland

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