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Conversion of alkanes to organoseleniums and organotelluriums

United States Patent

November 29, 2016
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The invention provides processes and materials for the efficient and costeffective functionalization of alkanes and heteroalkanes, comprising contacting the alkane or heteroalkane and a soft oxidizing electrophile comprising Se(VI) or Te(VI), in an acidic medium, optionally further comprising an aprotic medium, which can be carried out at a temperature of less than 300 C. Isolation of the alkylselenium or alkyltellurium intermediate allows the subsequent conversion to products not necessarily compatible with the initial reaction conditions, such as amines, stannanes, organosulfur compounds, acyls, halocarbons, and olefins.
Periana; Roy A. (Jupiter, FL), Konnick; Michael M. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), Hashiguchi; Brian G. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA)
14/ 910,275
August 6, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under grant number GQ10044-133945, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.