Research strategy

UniSysCat tackles one of the greatest challenges in catalysis science. Understanding and developing reaction networks in chemical and biological catalysis is of the utmost importance, e.g., for the improvement of existing and the development of new energy- and material-efficient transformations in chemistry and biotechnology, or the evolution of diagnostic or therapeutic tools in medicine.

UniSysCat’s approach is based on the integrative catalysis research program pioneered by the Cluster of Excellence Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat), and moves forward from single catalytic sites to coupled catalytic systems.

A catalytic system is defined here as a set of interacting chemical and/or biological catalysts and reactants. Such a system enables desired catalytic transformations that cannot be accomplished and controlled if these components are spatio-temporally uncoupled.

Research Units in UniSysCat

Unit A: Coupled chemocatalytic reactions
Unit B: Coupled biocatalytic reactions
Unit C: Coupling of chemo- and biocatalysis
Unit D: Catalysis with electronically activated molecules
Unit E: Signal-controlled multicomponent catalysis