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A13919 Diphenyl diselenide, 98%

CAS Number
Phenyl diselenide

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Diphenyl diselenide, 98%


Chemical Properties

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Melting point
Storage & Sensitivity
Ambient temperatures.
Soluble in water, ether.


Diphenyl diselenide is used in the methoxyselenenylation of alkenes, dihydroxylation of double bonds, hydrothiolation of terminal alkynes. It is used in the synthesis of the unsymmetrical diorganyl selenides, 1-(phenylselenomethyl)vinyl selenides, allylic phenyl selenides.


Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Store away from oxidizing agent, halogens, reducing agents.

Literature References

Akiya Ogawa; Hiroshi Yokoyama; Kazuyuki Yokoyama; Teruyuki Masawaki; Nobuaki Kambe; Noboru Sonoda. Photo-initiated addition of diphenyl diselenide to acetylenes. J. Org. Chem. 1991, 56 (19), 5721-5723.

Brindaban C. Ranu; Tanmay Mandal and Sampak Samanta. Indium(I) Iodide-Mediated Cleavage of Diphenyl Diselenide. An Efficient One-Pot Procedure for the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Diorganyl Selenides. Org. Lett. 2003, 5 (9), 1439-1441.

Reagent for ɑ-phenylselenation of enolates. The products are readily oxidized to the selenoxides which undergo ambient temperature Cope-type elimination, providing a mild method for the introduction of ɑß-unsaturation into, e.g. ketones: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 97, 5434 (1975):

For a comprehensive review of the preparation of ɑß-unsaturated carbonyl compounds and nitriles by selenoxide elimination, see: Org. React., 44, 1 (1993). Compare also Phenyl­selenenyl­ bromide, A11906 and Phenyl­selenenyl­ chloride, A12751.

For introduction of the phenylseleno group by Michael addition, phenylselenol can be generated in situ by borohydride cleavage: Synthesis, 664 (1980).

Oxidation of diphenyl diselenide by persulfate in the absence of a nucleophilic counter-ion generates the phenylselenium cation, which adds to alkenes. Molecules with a suitably placed nucleophilic site (alkene, hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc.) can then undergo intramolecular cyclization: J. Org. Chem., 55, 429 (1990); J. Chem. Soc. Perkin 1, 1989 (1993); Synlett, 373 (1994):

For reviews of the application of organoselenium reagents in organic synthesis, see: Tetrahedron, 34, 1049 (1978); Acc. Chem. Res., 12, 22 (1979); 17, 28 (1984). Monograph: Organoselenium Chemistry, D. Liotta, ed., Wiley, N.Y. (1987).

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H301+H331-H373

Toxic if swallowed. Toxic if inhaled. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

Precautionary Statements: P260-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P301+P310-P304+P340-P311-P314-P330-P501c

Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell. Rinse mouth. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant

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