Assembly of Polysubstituted Maleimides via Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization Reaction of Alkynes with Isocyanides

An efficient and convenient palladium-catalyzed cyclization reaction of alkynes with isocyanides is described herein. This protocol allows the practical synthesis of many valuable polysubstituted maleimide derivatives after hydrolysis with a broad scope of substrates and mild reaction conditions. C–C, CO, and C–N bonds were constructed in this transformation with isocyanide serving as both C and N sources.