General, Mild, and Metal-Free Synthesis of Phenyl Selenoesters from Anhydrides and Their Use in Peptide Synthesis

A mild, practical, and simple procedure for phenyl selenoesters synthesis from several anhydrides and diphenyl diselenide was developed. This transition-metal-free method provides a straightforward entry to storable Fmoc-amino acid selenoesters which are effective chemoselective acylating reagents. An application to oligopeptide synthesis was illustrated.