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.


On the 7th of March 2024, UniSysCat group leaders met to discuss the proposal for the coming funding period of the German Excellence Strategy.

On 4 March, Prof. Omar Yaghi from the University of California, Berkeley, gave a special UniSysCat lecture to mark the presentation of the Humboldt Research Award.

The Berlin Clusters of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance and Berlin politicians came together to talk about the importance of academic research for the city.

Under the motto “Catalyzing Diversity in Science”, UniSysCat researchers discussed opportunities for improvement regarding diversity and discrimination.

UniSysCat researchers design surfaces with asymmetric metal pairs to promote electrochemical valorization of CO2 into multicarbon e-chemicals.

On the 12th of January, the general assembly of UniSysCat elected a new speaker team representing the new direction of the cluster: Welcome to the new members Prof. Dr. Juri Rappsilber and Prof. Dr. Maria Andrea Mroginski!

Researchers from UniSysCat and from the University of Aix Marseille met for an international exchange in the field of "gas-converting metalloenzymes" and to discuss new cooperations.

Congratulations to Dr. Meera Mehta from the University of Manchester! She was awarded for her outstanding research, dedication and the significant impact she has made in the area of catalysis.

UniSysCat researchers suggest a cost-effective solar-driven hydrogen production method in a new Nature publication. A coupled process improves economic viability by creating a valuable chemical alongside hydrogen.

Scientists from Oxford came to Berlin to discuss with UniSysCat members the catalysis of future collaborations.

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