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.


UniSysCat group leader Peter Neubauer has won Agilent's Thought Leader Award, which is endowed with 1.9 million US Dollars. We asked him, how this award will impact his research in UniSysCat.


Rhomboid proteases are promising targets for drug development. Researchers from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and UniSysCat have published new findings about them in Science Advances.

Check out the newest episodes of the podcast with a variety of different topics - from the freedom of science to the agriculture of the future.

An article by UniSysCat researchers and collaborators was published in Nature Communications. It sheds light on the mechanism of Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (PfCRT).

John C. Warner, honorary professor and the scientist who gave his name to the Chemical Invention Factory at TU Berlin, discusses the concept of Green Chemistry.

Congratulations to Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces celebrating it's 30 year anniversary.

UniSysCat group leaders Majd Al-Naji and Markus Antonietti published a paper in “ChemSusChem”, which was also featured on the cover with creative artwork showing circular plastics economy.

Hon. Professor and former UniSysCat group leader Frieder W. Scheller received the Anthony and Alice Turner award at the World Congress on Biosensors 2023 in Busan, South Korea, on June 6th.

Interesting interview with UniSysCat researcher Ariane Nunes Alves published in Berlin newspaper “Tagesspiegel”. In it, she talks about catalysts, enzymes, proteins and how to harness AI for cancer medication development.

UniSysCat researchers revealed atomistic details on the mechanism of photosynthetic oxygen formation – just published in two articles in “Nature”

Video: Optogenetics

Now on YouTube: Energiesicherheit im postfossilen Zeitalter

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