What's UniSysCat all about?

UniSysCat stands for Unifying Systems in Catalysis. We are a Cluster of Excellence - more than 300 researchers from four universities and four research institutes in the Berlin and Potsdam area - working jointly together on current challenges in the highly relevant field of catalysis.

UniSysCat unites biologists, chemists, engineers and physicists with the aim to revolutionize catalysis research.


UniSysCat researchers suggest a cost-effective solar-driven hydrogen production method in a new Nature publication. A coupled process improves economic viability by creating a valuable chemical alongside hydrogen.

Read the article in “Süddeutsche Zeitung” about the latest activities of Benjamin Steininger (UniSysCat) and Alexander Klose a.k.a. the research collective “Beauty of Oil”.

Bold and visionary ideas that challenge the limits of what can be imagined– read our interview with UniSysCat group leader Juri Rappsilber about the innovative "TransFORM" project.

Berlin universities are cooperating to support the chemical transition with GreenCHEM– the innovation ecosystem for Green Chemistry.

Distinguished scientists gathered at TU Berlin to evaluate and advise on UniSysCat's research and future directions. The event included talks, a poster session, and discussions on the various aspects of catalysis research and…

Congratulations to Dr. Yano, a member of UniSysCat’s scientific advisory board, on her recent promotion.

UniSysCat group leader Martin Oestreich and coworkers just published a paper in Nature on a catalytic halodealkylation of fully alkylated silanes by making use of a sacrificial Friedel–Crafts reaction.

Dr. Ina Czyborra, the Senator for Science, Health, and Care of Berlin, is on an “excellence-tour” visiting all Clusters of Excellence in Berlin. This week, she made a stop at UniSysCat!

20 professors were honored for their role in fostering innovative startups. Among the awardees are Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker and Prof. Stefan Hecht, both affiliated with UniSysCat.

UniSysCat’s spokesperson was nominated for his work on organic photocatalysts that could revolutionize decentralized and eco-friendly energy conversion.

Video: Optogenetics

Now on YouTube: Energiesicherheit im postfossilen Zeitalter

Video: Learning from nature

Video: Photocatalytic production of hydrogen

Photos of our Berlin Science Week events now online.

"Making the world better with chemistry" - John Warner


Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2008– 390540038