What's UniSysCat all about?

UniSysCat stands for Unifying Systems in Catalysis. We are a Cluster of Excellence - more than 260 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.


Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless receive this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.

The 20th episode of the podcast "exzellent erklärt - Spitzenforschung für alle" with Prof. Drieß, co-spokesperson of UniSysCat, is about "Green chemistry - catalysis processes can be sustainable".

The call for applications for the Clara Immerwahr Award 2023 is now open.

Application deadline: November, 13, 2022

Three UniSysCat PIs are organizing this year's GDCh Electrochemistry conference in Berlin from 27 to 30 September at Freie Universität Berlin. Registration is still possible.

From archeology to active materials and the origin of life - four new episodes of the podcast "exzellent erklärt" were released from July to September.

On 5 September, Prof. John Warner was ceremoniously appointed Honorary Professor of Green Chemistry at TU Berlin. UniSysCat is delighted about this great step forward in the promotion of green chemistry in Berlin.

A team of UniSysCat researchers presents a simple method for the screening of the photocatalytic activity of up to four catalysts in parallel – a method that may save a lot of time in the lab.

UniSysCat researcher Prof. Maria Andrea Mroginski is co-organizing the CECAM-Workshop on "Immobilizing peptides and proteins" from 4 to 7 October 2022 in Paris. There are still slots for Postdocs and PhD students available.

Dr. Bartholomäus Pieber, currently leading a research group at the MPICI, has been appointed an Assistant Professor at ISTA - Institute of Science and Technology Austria. He will join ISTA in June 2023.

A team of UniSysCat researchers developed a powerful electrode material for the electrolysis of alcohol, aldehyde and water: plasma-modified nickel foam.

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