In chemistry, a selone is the structural analog of a ketone where selenium replaces oxygen. Selenium-77, is one of the isotopes of selenium that is stable and naturally occurring, so selenone-containing chemicals can be analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Seleones can be used as chiral derivatizing agents for 77Se-NMR.[1] Chiral oxazolidineselones can be used for stereoselective control of aldol reactions, analogous to the Evans aldol reaction that uses oxazolidinones, which allows 77Se-NMR to be used to determine the diastereomeric ratio of the aldol product.[2]

In constast to analogous structures with earlier chalcogens, selones greater steric and electronic stabilization.[3] Selenobenzophenone reversibly dimerizes. It is known to undergo cycloaddition with 1,3-dienes in a reaction similar to the Diels-Alder reaction.[4]


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