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.


Size-dependent catalytic activity of nanoparticles

A research team around UniSysCat group leader Prof. Roldán Cuenya from FHI Berlin provides insights into size effects and structural changes important for the activity of cobalt oxide nanoparticles at work.

Complex of  the double-cubane cluster protein and its associated metalloenzyme

A team of UniSysCat researchers found a coupling scheme for the ATP-driven electron transfer in the double-cubane cluster protein and its associated metalloenzyme based on the structure of their complex.

Efficient new Ca−Fe−O catalyst

A team of UniSysCat researchers developed a very efficient Ca−Fe−O catalyst for electrocatalytic water splitting. They also could elaborate the critical role of Calcium in the process.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kanngießer

UniSysCat member Prof. Birgit Kanngießer has been awarded with the Outstanding Achievement Award 2022 of the European X-ray Spectrometry Association.

August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze of the GDCh for the founders of the concept of green chemistry

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) honours Prof. Paul T. Anastas and Prof. John C. Warner with the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze for their special services to chemistry. UniSysCat congratulates!

Green hydrogen

In the new episode of the BR50 podcast, UniSysCat member Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, CatLab researcher Dr. Steffi Hlawenka and Prof. Dr. Franziska Holz (DIW Berlin) discuss hydrogen as the "champagne" of renewable energies.

New episodes of "exzellent erklärt" now online.

From energy research to hearing aids to computer simulations in optics - five new episodes of the podcast "exzellent erklärt" were released from May to July.

Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn - A networking event for exile researchers

The networking event Berlin4Ukraine on 30 June 2022 aims to introduce exiled researchers from Ukraine to the academic system in Germany and Berlin.

UniSysCat congratulates Zeynep Altintas to her appointment to a professorship in Biomaterials at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

UniSysCat congratulates the prior associated member Zeynep Altintas to her appointment to a professorship in Biomaterials (at the Faculty of Engineering) at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

UniSysCat week in Mall Anders

From 20 to 25 June, everything revolves around catalysis in the Mall Anders: The Cluster of Excellence "UniSysCat - Unifying Systems in Catalysis" presents itself and its research.

Now on Youtube: Klimawandel und Katalyse: Kann die Chemie uns helfen?

Photos of the Long Night of Sciences 2022 now online.

Photos of the UniSysCat week at Mall Anders now online.


Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2008– 390540038