Alex was born in Southampton, UK in 1992. He first completed his MSci Chemistry degree at the University of Birmingham, UK in 2014. He then moved to the University of Bristol, UK for his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Varinder K. Aggarwal FRS, which concluded in 2018. During this period he investigated methods to incorporate, homologate, and functionalize organoboronic esters. In November 2018, he joined the Hartwig group to work on the transition metal-catalyzed functionalization of alkyl C-H bonds.