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 recent research work of the UniSysCat group from Martin Oestreich was distinguished as very important paper in Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), in which they present the synthesis of a supercharged…

In a collaborative study, chosen as hot paper, the UniSysCat team of L. Lauterbach, coupled together with the groups of U.-P. Apfel, and B. M. Nestl bio- with chemocatalysts for the electro-driven synthesis of methylated…

Researchers from four institutions in UniSysCat have developed a noble-metal free electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER).

The Clara Immerwahr Award ceremony took place in the TU Berlin's gorgeous atrium in the main building. The ceremony begain with opening remarks by the President of the TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, followed by a…

More than 150 UniSysCat scientists met on the dates of 10. – 12. February 2020 in the central building of the Max Planck Campus in Potsdam-Golm to discuss recent research achievements within the five research fields of the…

A research team around the UniSysCat scientists Oliver Lenz and Martin Oestreich uncovered the reaction mechanism of a novel biocatalyst involved in the synthesis of carbon monoxide.

We are proud to announce that the winner of the Clara Immerwahr Award 2020 is Dr. Sophie Carenco. Congratulations, Sophie!

We are proud of our EC2/BIG-NSE PhD student Ammar Al-Shameri for his success (4th place) at the "Forum Junge Spitzenforscher-Klimawandel".

The UniSysCat groups of Holger Dobbek and Ingo Zebger present in cooperation with Marius Horch from the University of York and Seigo Shima from the MPI in Marburg crystallographic and vibrational‐spectroscopic insights into…

Prof. Dr. Sandra Luber, SNSF Professor for theoretical and computational chemistry at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), investigated the structure and dynamics of the manganese-depleted photosystem II computationally in…

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Video: Photocatalytic production of hydrogen

Photos of our Berlin Science Week events now online.

"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