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.


Prof. Dr. Graham Hutchings from Cardiff University wins this year's Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award for his pioneering work on novel heterogeneous catalysts, in particular with gold nanocrystals and gold-palladium alloy catalysts.

The 'Atlas of Petromodernity' written by UniSysCat Postdoc Benjamin Steininger and Alexander Klose consists of forty-four short essays on the era of petroleum modernity. Their book is now available for open access download…

A team around the UniSysCat groups of Holger Dobbek, Petra Wendler and Athina Zouni visualize the structure of photosystem II at unprecedented resolution - thanks to cryo-electron microscopy.

A team of UniSysCat scientists from TU Berlin, Fritz-Haber-Institut and BasCat (UniCat BASF JointLab) developed a new catalyst for propane dehydrogenation based on cobalt nanoclusters.

In a recent study, a team of UniSysCat researchers investigated the extent to which their heterostructured electrocatalysts based on non-noble metals can actually compete with noble metals when operated for longer times.

Every year, all PhD students and supervisors of the doctoral program EC2/BIG-NSE meet in a nice Hotel outside of Berlin in order to present the progress of their research.

Scientists from BasCat (UniCat BASF JointLab) and the Fritz Haber Institute developed an accelerated discovery approach for the catalytic production of propylene that can compete with a procedure developed over decades.

UniSysCat member Markus Antonietti, director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, has been awarded by the Belgian Solvay Institutes, enabling him to give lectures about his research on a tour of Belgium.

UniSysCat scientist Benjamin Steininger co-curated the exhibition "Tank oder Teller", which deals with conflicts over the distribution of agricultural production. Festival and exhibition start on May 31 in Halle/Saale.

The research group of Ariane Nunes Alves studied the pathways of hydrogen and inhibitory gases through a selected hydrogenase in order to improve its inhibitor resistance for clean energy applications.

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