The Origin of Alchemr

The words alchemy and alchemist are in fact older words than chemistry and chemist in English. Alchemists believed that they could transform lead into gold, cure diseases, etc. Their secretive experiments, usually involving heat and the mixing of liquids, led to the development of pharmacology and the rise of modern chemistry. This power to transform things for the better, real or imagined, led to figurative meanings for alchemy and alchemist.


Dr. Laureen Meroueh

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Laureen Meroueh obtained her PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus in materials science and hydrogen generation, and a minor in Business & Entrepreneurship. Laureen previously co-founded MetaStorage, a start-up that was bringing large scale thermal batteries to power plants. Amongst other experiences in the entrepreneurial world, Laureen interned at The Engine (venture capital fund that invests in tough tech) and was a Sandbox Innovation Fund fellow at MIT.

Dr. Meroueh leads business development at Alchemr, ensuring that Alchemr paves the way to a realized Hydrogen Economy


Dr. Behrooz Motealleh

Dr. Behrooz Motealleh earned his Ph.D. at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019. He has 8 years of experience as a polymer chemist and engineer conducting polymer synthesis, characterization, nanofabrication and application of organic/inorganic polymers and ion- containing materials. He has designed polymers for specific electrochemical applications including hydrogen fuel cell through design of experiment methods.

Dr. Motealleh leads technology development and technology scale-up at Alchemr.


Dr. Richard Ni

Dr. Richard Ni obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois, and his MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He has 11 years of experience working at a startup that specialized in electrolyser membrane designs. 

Dr. Ni provides operations support and oversees technical progress. 

Board Members


Dr. Richard masel

Chairman of the Board