Editor: Claudio Santi

Organoselenium Chemistry: Between Synthesis and Biochemistry

eBook: US $89 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $184
Printed Copy: US $140
Library License: US $356
ISBN: 978-1-60805-839-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-838-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080583891140101


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, green chemistry, bioinspiration, antioxidant activity. The eBook covers the most recent developments in the classical synthetic application of organoselenium reagents such as electrophilic, nucleophilic and free radical reagents. The volume also features a discussion on the synthesis and the synthetic applications of some emerging classes of selenium compounds such as hypervalent selenium species and selenoamides, and also addresses some biological aspects such as the antimicrobial activity of organoselenium derivatives and the biochemistry of selenoproteins. A number of eminent scientists from different research groups were involved in the preparation of the 13 chapters of the book, making Organoselenium Chemistry: Between Synthesis and Biochemistry an excellent reference about selenium chemistry for researchers and graduate students in the field of selenium chemistry.

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Selenium as a versatile and highly interesting element has primarily concerned chemists but, since the discovery of selenium being an essential trace element, also biologists and biochemists. This book highlights all aspects of current organoselenium chemistry and the editor, Prof. Claudio Santi, has attracted many outstanding contributions to emphasise selenium research at the borderline to biology and medicine. In addition, catalytic reactions are emphasized in many chapters demonstrating the need for sustainable chemistry while still exploiting the unique and advantageous properties of selenium.

This book will be a very valuable source of information for every chemist – in education, in research, and in industry.

Thomas Wirth
Cardiff University
Cardiff, Wales


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