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Aryl radicals generated in situ from arene diazonium fluoroborates promoted by ascorbic acid enable a convenient and general oxidative arylation of vinyl arenes in air at room temperature in the absence of any additive and visible light irradiation. Various 2-aryl acetophenones have been obtained in good yields.
B. Majhi, D. Kundu, B. C. Ranu, J. Org. Chem., 2015, 80, 7739-7745.

A cyanomethyl radical species generated from a cyanomethylphosphonium ylide by irradiation with visible light in the presence of an iridium complex, a thiol, and ascorbic acid enables an efficient 1,2-hydro(cyanomethylation) of alkenes. The cyanomethyl radical species adds across the C=C double bond to form an elongated alkyl radical species that accepts a hydrogen atom from the thiol.
T. Miura, D. Moriyama, Y. Funakoshi, M. Murakami, Synlett, 2019, 30, 511-514.

In situ nitrosation of anilines followed by reduction with ascorbic acid to form aryl radicals and thiolation with disulfides provided aryl sulfides. This mild, metal-free synthesis of aryl sulfides proceeded smoothly without heating or irradiation. This strategy can be expanded to the synthesis of aryl selenides.
M.-j. Bu, G.-p. Lu, C. Cai, Synlett, 2015, 26, 1841-1846.

An iridium photocatalyst enables the addition of fluorinated groups to nitrones using ascorbic acid as a stoichiometric reducing agent. Partially fluorinated alkyl iodides can also be effectively used. The resulting hydroxylamines can be readily converted to valuable fluorinated amines by reduction with zinc.
V. I. Supranovich, V. V. Levin, M. I. Struchkova, A. D. Dilman, Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 840-843.