Chemoselective reduction of organoselenocyanates to diselenides and selenolates

A. Krief, C. Delmotte, W. Dumont

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Abstract

Selenocyanates produce selenolates or diselenides on reaction with metal hydrides (NaH, LiHBEt, LiBH, NaBH). The former transformation is performed with 2 molar equivalents of sodium hydride or lithium triethyl borohydride or 1.25 molar equivalent of metal borohydrides. The second one is performed with lower amount of reducing agent (1 molar equivalent of sodium hydride or lithium triethyl borohydride or 0.25 equivalent of metal borohydrides). Intermediate formation of a selenol or a selenolate which reacts on the unreacted selenocyanate is suspected in the later transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12147-12158
Number of pages12
JournalTetrahedron
Volume53
Issue number36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 1997

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