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.


This friday, the 23rd of April 2020, at 1600 the Clara Immerwahr Award Ceremony will be livestreamed on Youtube.

Prof. Markus Antonietti

Asthe proclamation letter from the society indicates, UniSysCat member Prof. Markus Antonietti from MPIKG Potsdam has been bestowed "the highest honor on the world's most distinguished chemists".

Peter Strasser

UniSysCat member Peter Strasser receives the Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his outstanding contributions in the field of electrochemistry.

Two UniSysCat research groups teamed up with members of our collaboration partner from the ETH Zürich to synthesize a well-defined supported nickel hydrogenation catalyst by surface organometallic chemistry

The team of UniSysCat researcher Beatriz Roldán Cuenya showed that the important industrial process of methanol production can be positively influenced if the copper catalyst used in the reaction comes into contact with zinc...

The EU-funded ConCO2rde project focuses on autotrophic biorefineries, which are powered by H2 and transforms CO2 from a pollutant into a renewable resource. The research topics cover the combination of synthetic biology...

oxygen evolution reaction

Researchers around the UniSysCat group leaders Beatriz Roldan Cuenya, Robert Schlögl and Peter Strasser demonstrate how how inner-sphere chemistry controls electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction rates.

Researchers from 4 UniSysCat groups succeeded for the first time to assemble a generic [NiFe]-hydrogenase from the two individually purified, metal cluster-containing subunits

UniSysCat research group leader Prof. Dr. Holger Dau and Einstein Fellow Prof. Dr. Robert Burnap use spinach to show how the ancestor of today’s PSII evolved about 3 billion years ago.

Dr Shuang Li has been awarded a 238.800 EUR DFG grant for her project "Organic-Polyoxometalate Co-Crystal-Derived Mesoporous Metal Carbides/Nitrides for Hydrogen Production from Seawater.”

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