Dipl.-Chem. Alexander Merkel, born in 1969, finished his studies in chemistry (diploma) at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München in 1996. As scientific employee he researched in the field of dye synthesis as well as radical controlled dye degradation. In 2000 he started to work as laboratory head first for EMKA and then Aaron chemistry GmbH. His main function comprised scheduling and synthesis of ‘building blocks’ for pharmaceutical research. He joined Ter Meer in 2011 as a technical assistant and passed the EQE in 2017.