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Molecules 2017, 22(12), 2124; doi:10.3390/molecules22122124

Celebrating Two Centuries of Research in Selenium Chemistry: State of the Art and New Prospective

Group of Catalysis and Organic Green Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Perugia, Via del Liceo 1, 06134 Perugia, Italy
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Received: 20 November 2017 / Revised: 29 November 2017 / Accepted: 29 November 2017 / Published: 2 December 2017
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In 2017, the 200th anniversary of the discovery of selenium was celebrated. In 1817, the Swedish chemists, Berzelius and Gahn, on roasting 200 kg of sulfur from a pyrite from the Falun mine, obtained about 3 g of a precipitate that they first wrongly identified as tellurium. Berzelius doubted this result and repeated the analysis some months later realizing that a new element was in his hands and he named this element Selenium (Greek: Selene, moon) in consideration of its resemblance to Tellurium (Latin: Tellus, earth). Several events were organized in the year for this special celebration and this Special Issue would like to be an additional contribution to the success of a research that, especially during the last decades, rapidly grew in different fields: synthesis, medicinal chemistry, biology, material, and environment. These studies are strongly characterized by multi- and interdisciplinary connections, and, for this reason, we collected here contributions coming from different areas and disciplines, not exclusively synthetic organic chemistry. View Full-Text
Keywords: selenium; catalysis; green chemistry; antioxidants; antimicrobial; functional nutrients selenium; catalysis; green chemistry; antioxidants; antimicrobial; functional nutrients
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Santi, C.; Bagnoli, L. Celebrating Two Centuries of Research in Selenium Chemistry: State of the Art and New Prospective. Molecules 2017, 22, 2124.

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