Selenium in Organic Synthesis

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Science  24 Jan 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4736, pp. 356-361
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4736.356


The introduction, manipulation, and ultimate removal of selenium-containing functional groups allow a variety of synthetically useful processes to be accomplished in high overall yields under mild conditions. In particular, transformations such as allylic oxidations, nucleophile-induced cleavage reactions, regiospecific alkylations, and olefin cofunctionalizations can be readily achieved by taking advantage of selenium's unique properties.

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