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Contemporary science is a complex discipline consisting of multiple topics and fields. Despite the growing necessity of a diverse range of collaborations, paradoxically, every sub-discipline is becoming isolated from one another as it requires more specific and extensive focus in its own way to evolve. In the end, this increases the barrier to cross-talk to neighboring disciplines. Under such a climate of interdisciplinary research, it is important to promote specialization of one’s area of research, while making it accessible to researchers from interdisciplinary areas. However, a growing number of experts has been obsessed to deepen their fields, while neglecting the need of generalizing the knowledge. In this regard, as an organic chemist, I have conceived a desire to alleviate the field isolation in terms of materials synthesis in materials science. Two approaches are presented to make materials synthesis more accessible to other fields. One approach is to provide an easier synthetic route to materials that are well-known for their interesting properties. For such target-oriented synthesis, I chose graphene nanoribbons. Another approach is to connect natural product synthesis to materials synthesis, which has continued to drift apart over time. Various organic transformations have been discovered for pharmaceutical/natural product syntheses, however, these have not been realized to be utilized for materials syntheses. I attempted to bind two different fields through palladium/norbornene cooperative catalysis. With this philosophy in mind, my thesis is written.

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