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.


Cubic copper catalysts

A UniSysCat team around Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya applied electron microscopy to track the dynamic evolution of copper catalysts in real-time under reaction conditions.

Fourth episode of the science podcast "exzellent erklaert" now online

How fair is our education system? That's what researchers at the cluster of excellence ECONtribute investigate. For "exzellenterklaert – Spitzenforschung für alle", they shed light on the situation in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activation of carbon disulfide

The UniSysCat groups of Matthias Driess and Tobias Gensch unravelled an unexpected mode of activation of carbon disulfide with a bis(silylene).

Artificial Intelligence decodes catalyst performance based on "materials genes of catalysis" which encode crucial material properties.

And the winner is: Dr. Charlotte Vogt

Congratulations to Dr. Charlotte Vogt from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She receives the 2022 Clara Immerwahr Award for her outstanding research in the field of catalysis.

Photosysnthesis is a key process for clean energy production

With ultrashort X-ray laser pulses, a research team involving the UniSysCat groups of Athina Zouni & Holger Dobbek gained important new insights into the function of photosystem II, a key catalytic system in photosynthesis.

Protonation controls function.

Two recent interdisciplinary UniSysCat publications shed light on the importance of protonation on the functionality and reactivity of molecular compounds relevant in chemistry and biology.

Roderich Süßmuth receives the 2020 Max Bergmann Medal

Roderich Süßmuth has already been awarded in 2020 for his achievements in the field of peptide chemistry. The award was finally handed over at the annual meeting of the Max Bergmann Kreis.

Prof. Driess has been interviewed for "WissenAusBerlin"

We've been filmed! The Berlin University Alliance organized a film team to showcase the research of the Driess group on their Youtube channel "WissenAusBerlin".

Markus Antonietti eceives the prestigious award "Lombardia è Ricerca"

UniSysCat member Prof. Markus Antonietti from Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces receives the prestigious award "Lombardia è Ricerca" for the development of artificial photosynthesis.

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WissenAusBerlin film day: Backstage photos now online!

UniSysCat Kick-Off Video


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