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.


Interesting interview with UniSysCat researcher Ariane Nunes Alves published in Berlin newspaper “Tagesspiegel”. In it, she talks about catalysts, enzymes, proteins and how to harness AI for cancer medication development.

UniSysCat researchers revealed atomistic details on the mechanism of photosynthetic oxygen formation – just published in two articles in “Nature”

Scientists of UniSysCat and SCIoI combined experimental data and deep learning (AI) for a new structure prediction level of challenging targets

In a special event the chemist and philosopher Dr. Jens Soentgen and the artist Julius von Bismarck shared transdisplinary insights on the role of fire in our society and its impact on climate change

Five UniSysCat groups provide insights into the structure of intermediate Q responsible for the conversion of methane to methanol in soluble methane monooxygenase

The UniSysCat groups of R. van de Krol and R. Schomäcker propose to couple photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting with the hydrogenation of chemicals.

Five UniSysCat groups jointly investigated what happens when the orientation of a single functional group in a photocatalyst is reversed - the impact on catalytic performance is huge

Prof. Renske M. van der Veen holds now a joint W2-S professorship with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin at TUB in the Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics heading the field of "Dynamics in Light Energy Conversion".


The team of UniSysCat group leader Martin Oestreich developed a new synthesis route relevant for the sustainable methylation of aromatic compounds

Two joint works of 3 Unisyscat groups show the vital role of sulfur: non-innocence in the catalytic reduction of dioxygen to hydrogen peroxide & in mimicking the reactivity of ribonucleotide reductases

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