In his organic chemistry courses, BU undergrad Henry Feng “noticed how synthetic chemistry, especially in topics regarding natural product synthesis, establishes itself on a very narrow line between hard science and nature and art”

Henry saw this process in “a pictoral of how electrons move during the course of a chemical reaction to make new bonds, and in turn a new chemical compound… which was named “The Butterfly Mechanism”.

“I have had a hard time picturing a butterfly in the mechanism, but a revelation occurred and I saw it…

I have generated a sequential pictogram depicting the slow transition from an intensive chemical reaction to a simple sketch of a butterfly”.

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