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 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.

The UniSysCat office is looking for a (student) employee (salary grade E3 TV-L Berlin universities, part time 25%) to support the office and to supervise events. Please apply by Monday, 4 March.

UniSysCat researchers design surfaces with asymmetric metal pairs to promote electrochemical valorization of CO2 into multicarbon e-chemicals.

On the 12th of January, the general assembly of UniSysCat elected a new speaker team representing the new direction of the cluster: Welcome to the new members Prof. Dr. Juri Rappsilber and Prof. Dr. Maria Andrea Mroginski!

Researchers from UniSysCat and from the University of Aix Marseille met for an international exchange in the field of "gas-converting metalloenzymes" and to discuss new cooperations.

Congratulations to Dr. Meera Mehta from the University of Manchester! She was awarded for her outstanding research, dedication and the significant impact she has made in the area of catalysis.

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.

Scientists from Oxford came to Berlin to discuss with UniSysCat members the catalysis of future collaborations.

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”.

Video: Optogenetics

Now on YouTube: Energiesicherheit im postfossilen Zeitalter

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