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Synthesis and basic properties
More so that thiophenol, benzeneselenol is easily oxidized by air to give diphenyl diselenide. An idealized equation for this reaction is:
The presence of the diselenide is signaled by a yellow coloration in most samples of PhSeH. The diselenide can be converted back to the selenol by reduction followed by acidification of the resulting PhSe-.
PhSeH is ca 7x stronger acid than the related thiophenol. Both compounds dissolve in water upon the addition of base.
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