What's UniSysCat all about?

UniSysCat stands for Unifying Systems in Catalysis. We are a Cluster of Excellence - more than 260 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.



Onward Aid is a grassroots organization that delivers medicine and medical supplies to frontline hospitals in Ukraine. After multiple successful trips to Ukraine, they are now collecting donations for further activities.

Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke

The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is honored for his contributions to improving our understanding of surface chemistry.

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

UniSysCat warmly congratulates its member Prof. Schlögl on becoming the new President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will take up his new post on 1 January 2023.

Petro-Melancholia. The petroleum age in the mirror of art

Dr. Benjamin Steininger and Dr. Alexander Klose have been working for years on the cultural theory of petromodernity and how to overcome it. On 22 June, 22:05, their research will be presented in a film on ARTE.

New family of porous crystalline COFs bearing acridine moieties

Two papers in Angewandte Chemie involving several UniSysCat groups show the versatility of Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) as materials for coupled photo- and electrocatalysis.

The Science Council recommends funding for a new research building worth around 69 million euros. Four UniSysCat research groups are involved in the large project.

Dr. Bartholomäus Pieber

For his photocatalysis reseach project, UniSysCat member Bart Pieber from MPIKG in Potsdam receives 839,000 Euro funding from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.

Beatriz Roldán Cuenya © FHI / J. Lösel

UniSysCat group leader Beatriz Roldán Cuenya will be awarded the prestigious Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2022.

This year's Clara Immerwahr Awardee Dr. Charlotte Vogt

This year's Clara Immerwahr Awardee Charlotte Vogt has been interviewed for Berliner Zeitung. Read here how she wants to save the climate - with the help of catalysis.

Type and amount of copper oxides can be controlled by voltage pulses to steer the CO2 electrocatalytic reduction reaction. © FHI

A recent operando study involving the UniSysCat group of Beatriz Roldan Cuenya reveals decisive parameters in the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction that were previously not understood.

Video recording now online!

Photos of MitWissenschaft now online!

New Video: "Day in the Life" with Shuang Li


Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2008/1– 390540038