We developed a silver-catalyzed strategy for the generation of sulfonyl radicals from sulfonamides derived from α-amino acids. The reaction proceeded via a decarboxylation, N–S bond cleavage and radical cyclization sequence and allows the difunctionalization of alkynes and the synthesis of 3-sulfonylated coumarins. The reaction tolerated a broad scope of substrates and functional groups and could be extended to the synthesis of oxindoles and an isoquinolinedione by the capturing of the sulfonyl radical with an alkene moiety. Moreover, the proposed mechanism was supported experimentally and by DFT calculations.
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