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.


Two UniSysCat research group leaders, Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl and Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya as well as BasCat, are involved in CatLab, the new BMBF funded catalysis research center.

Two female researchers receive the Clara Immerwahr Award 2021 for their outstanding achievements in the field of catalysis research.

We are looking forward to our Annual General Meeting on November 25, 2020, 4 pm.

Fossil oil (Erdöl) - what is it and what is its role in our world? Dr Benjamin Steininger, UniSysCat member and research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, looks into this exciting topic.

The team at UniSysCat is greatly saddened to learn about the death of Sir John Meurig Thomas, a highly regarded chemist and catalysis researcher.

An interdisciplinary team including UniSysCat group leader Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann (HU Berlin) receives EUR 10 million from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop light-controlled molecular switches.

The surface science approach, pioneered by Gerhard Ertl and others, has proven to be most powerful to understand surface chemical reactions at the molecular scale. By applying tightly controlled conditions – well-defined…

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, a group leader within our research cluster, has been awarded the 2021-2022 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis.

Three UniSysCat groups present the immobilization of a metal-organic complex in a truly innocent support for gas phase catalysis.

On the 3rd of November at 14:00, speakers and group leaders of UniSysCat will be showcasing the Cluster of Excellence and the importance of catalysis research at the Berlin Science Week.

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