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 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.

A new publication in Nature Chemistry offers insights into a reaction that didn’t seem possible before. First author Dustin Kass explains what they found out in a video. It is a story of success, but also one of persistence…

Listen to the newest episodes of the podcast "exzellent erklärt" with a variety of different science topics- from the use of bacteria to tattoos as signs of power.

On April 8, 2024, UniSysCat's data steward gave a workshop on Research Data Management for the students of the doctoral program EC2/BIG-NSE.

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!

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