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 2019 BIG-NSE/EC² workshop was organized by J. Niklas Hausmann und Frank Czerny and took place on Wed, 16th Oct. 2019:

Bridging homo- and heterogeneous catalysis: The surface organometallic chemistry approach

For the official opening event, UniSysCat presented a multimedia science event and an artistic performance

The research of Katrina generates a better understanding of the cycle of nutrients and energy in water.


Matthias Driess and his co-workers from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, report on a silicon-mediated direct coupling of carbon monoxide, ammonia and primary amines to form acetamides which are central in organic…

The Berlin University Alliance has won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy.


We are delighted to announce that Peter Hegemann, Hertie professor of Neuroscience at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and researcher in UniSysCat has received the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Yuwen Wang, PhD student in the BIG-NSE graduate school and group member of Matthias Driess is one of the 45 finalists for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2019. The committee honoured her publication “An Isolable Bis(silylene)-Stabilized…

The project "iGEM-Synthetic Biology" is utilizing different types of bacteria and combining their properties to develop improved biological batteries. The project is hosted by Nediljko Budisa and the UniSysCat Cluster of…

Nediljko Budisa and his team engineer aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) to provide access to the ribosomal incorporation of noncanonical amino acids. The researchers achieved a high-activity enzyme variant for photocaged…

A record number of 25 projects in the "House of Chemistry" filled the “Long Night” program.The Institute of Chemistry and UniSysCat working groups participated with an attractive program.

Video: Optogenetics

Now on YouTube: Energiesicherheit im postfossilen Zeitalter

Video: Learning from nature

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