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.


In a recent study, a team of UniSysCat researchers investigated the extent to which their heterostructured electrocatalysts based on non-noble metals can actually compete with noble metals when operated for longer times.

Scientists from BasCat (UniCat BASF JointLab) and the Fritz Haber Institute developed an accelerated discovery approach for the catalytic production of propylene that can compete with a procedure developed over decades.

UniSysCat member Markus Antonietti, director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, has been awarded by the Belgian Solvay Institutes, enabling him to give lectures about his research on a tour of Belgium.

UniSysCat scientist Benjamin Steininger co-curated the exhibition "Tank oder Teller", which deals with conflicts over the distribution of agricultural production. Festival and exhibition start on May 31 in Halle/Saale.

The research group of Ariane Nunes Alves studied the pathways of hydrogen and inhibitory gases through a selected hydrogenase in order to improve its inhibitor resistance for clean energy applications.

A new publication in Nature Chemistry offers insights into a reaction that didn’t seem possible before. First author Dustin Kass explains what they found out in a video. It is a story of success, but also one of persistence…

Listen to the newest episodes of the podcast "exzellent erklärt" with a variety of different science topics- from the use of bacteria to tattoos as signs of power.

On April 8, 2024, UniSysCat's data steward gave a workshop on Research Data Management for the students of the doctoral program EC2/BIG-NSE.

The UniSysCat group of Prof. Matthias Driess from TU Berlin receives one Million Euros from the DFG for their highly innovative research on the fixation and functionalization of nitrogen at mild conditions using silicon.

With the decision of the Berlin House of Representatives to provide co-financing, it is now finally certain that the „Chemical Invention Factory - John Warner Center for Start-ups in Green Chemistry“ will be built from 2025.

Energie-Zeitenwende: mehr Effizienz durch bessere Katalysatoren - Video with Youtuber Tom Bötticher

Video: Optogenetics

Video: Learning from nature

"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