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 presented its research to stakeholders from the fields of science, business, politics, civil society, and culture at an event organized by the Berlin University Alliance.

Bold and visionary ideas that challenge the limits of what can be imagined– read our interview with UniSysCat group leader Juri Rappsilber about the innovative "TransFORM" project.

Berlin universities are cooperating to support the chemical transition with GreenCHEM– the innovation ecosystem for Green Chemistry.

Distinguished scientists gathered at TU Berlin to evaluate and advise on UniSysCat's research and future directions. The event included talks, a poster session, and discussions on the various aspects of catalysis research and…

Congratulations to Dr. Yano, a member of UniSysCat’s scientific advisory board, on her recent promotion.

UniSysCat group leader Martin Oestreich and coworkers just published a paper in Nature on a catalytic halodealkylation of fully alkylated silanes by making use of a sacrificial Friedel–Crafts reaction.

Dr. Ina Czyborra, the Senator for Higher Education and Research, Health and Long-Term Care, is on an “excellence-tour” visiting all Clusters of Excellence in Berlin. This week, she made a stop at UniSysCat!

20 professors were honored for their role in fostering innovative startups. Among the awardees are Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker and Prof. Stefan Hecht, both affiliated with UniSysCat.

Learn all about this surface sensitive spectroscopic technique in a recent review published in Nature Reviews by Jacek Kozuch, Kenichi Ataka and UniSysCat group leader Joachim Heberle.

UniSysCat’s spokesperson was nominated for his work on organic photocatalysts that could revolutionize decentralized and eco-friendly energy conversion.

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