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.


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.

The UniSysCat group of Prof. Kallol Ray welcomes Prof. Wonwoo Nam from the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea for a four-year research stay to work on green catalytic systems.

Berlin University Alliance (BUA) has been chosen as a finalist in a Germany-wide competition to realize a forward-looking Transfer Center for "New Materials for Sustainable Technologies".

By combining different spectroscopy methods, the UniSysCat groups of Holger Dau, Peter Hildebrandt and Kallol Ray have gained new insights into the function of the active site of the enzyme SOR.

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, director at the Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin has recently been named a new member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina. Congratulations from UniSysCat!

On the 7th of March 2024, UniSysCat group leaders met to discuss the proposal for the coming funding period of the German Excellence Strategy.

On 4 March, Prof. Omar Yaghi from the University of California, Berkeley, gave a special UniSysCat lecture to mark the presentation of the Humboldt Research Award.

The Berlin Clusters of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance and Berlin politicians came together to talk about the importance of academic research for the city.

Under the motto “Catalyzing Diversity in Science”, UniSysCat researchers discussed opportunities for improvement regarding diversity and discrimination.

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