Redox-active alkylsulfones as precursors for alkyl radicals under photoredox catalysis†
A method for generating alkyl radicals using visible-light photoredox catalysis is described. This procedure was found to present an efficient means to access a diverse collection of 1°, 2°, and 3° alkyl radicals through the single-electron transfer of sulfones under mild reaction conditions. These alkyl radicals generated via the reductive desulfonylation of readily synthesized and stable alkylsulfones were engaged to forge C–C bonds. A detailed study was also carried out to shed light on the mechanism.