• Benjamin Andrikopoulos

    A chemistry masters student who likes long walks on the beach, organic synthesis, and fried chicken. I'm currently working on uncovering the mechanism of environmental polymer degradation through mass spectrometry gas phase studies.

  1. Sweet or sour? Taming the myths of aspartame.

      Are alternatives to sugar a blessing of a curse?  Photo credit: George Hodan, via PublicDomainPictures. The full taste of sugar without the calories?  Sounds almost …


  2. Sunsets: the best detox on the market.

      Sunset at Tanah Lot temple Bali, Indonesia. Author’s photo.   Say what you want, there’s no denying that we’re all suckers for a beautiful sunset! …


  3. The new gold rush: discovering gold’s hidden talents.

    Gold – is there more to its shimmer? Photo credit: Jochen Zick, via Flickr. It is simply animal instinct – we love what is lustrous! As …


  4. Smell ya later! The smelliest substance in science.

      Not all smells are pleasant ones. Photo credit: Dennis Wong, via Flickr. If someone asks you what your favourite smell is, what immediately comes to mind?  …