Comparative Metabolism and Biochemistry of Selenium and Sulfur

  • Raymond J. Shamberger
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 2)


The chemical and physical characteristics of selenium and sulfur are similar (Table 4-1). Selenium and sulfur have similar configurations of electrons in their outermost valence shells, even though the third shell of selenium is completely filled. The bond energies, ionization potentials, the sizes of the atoms whether they are in the covalent or ionic state, the electronegativities, and the polarizabilities are essentially identical.


Sodium Selenite Selenium Compound Elemental Selenium Sodium Selenate Selenious Acid 
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  • Raymond J. Shamberger
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  1. 1.The Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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