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 Clara Immerwahr Award 2023 goes to Dr. Reshma Rao from Imperial College London for her outstanding research in the field of catalysis.

A team of UniSysCat researchers reviewed the development of technologies for the catalytic valorization of lignin, a natural plant material, to valuable chemicals in biorefineries.

A team of six UniSysCat groups discovered a promising recyclable catalyst for cross-couplings by combining a nickel catalyst and a photocatalyst in a single material.

For her dissertation, Dr. Anastasia Kraskov, member of the UniSysCat group of Prof. Peter Hildebrandt, is awarded with this year's Tiburtius-Preis.

The Einstein Professorship of chemist Stefan Hecht strengthens Berlin's material sciences: with his team, he researches new materials with improved properties.

The European Research Council (ERC) grants an international research team around UniSysCat group leader Robert Bittl almost nine million euros for the study of “Chirality and Spin Selectivity in Electron Transfer Processes".

UniSysCat is part of this year's Berlin Science week with three events! Join our panel discussion on energy security in Urania Berlin on Nov 9 or meet Prof. Heberle in Humboldt Labor or listen to the Science Slam on Nov 10.

In the course of the second funding period of the Cluster of Excellence UniSysCat, a number of scientific positions have been advertised. Interested? Please find here more information on our open positions.

The GreenCHEM project will be funded with up to 10 million euros from the BMBF to develop the Berlin region into a hotspot for chemical innovations. As a networking partner, UniSysCat is pleased to announce this success!

The idea for the CTC was developed by UniSysCat member Prof. Peter Seeberger and Dr. Matthew Plutschack from the MPICI.

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