Alchemy Academy - Concept

A concept based on a match 3 game already in play.  The game mechanics are a bit clunky and boils down to 'match the dominant color.' For example, you can match the outer gold square with two gold ingots or vice versa. Most games out there using this mechanic don't take any consideration of why they are making people match random symbols. Ya just do! So I've come up with this concept in hopes to remedy that.
Using an alchemy machine, players are tasked with breaking down elements into their raw form in order to make objects that will aid them on their path to becoming an alchemist.