News Research Highlights

Activation of carbon disulfide

The UniSysCat groups of Matthias Driess and Tobias Gensch unravelled an unexpected mode of activation of carbon disulfide with a bis(silylene).

Artificial Intelligence decodes catalyst performance based on "materials genes of catalysis" which encode crucial material properties.

Photosysnthesis is a key process for clean energy production

With ultrashort X-ray laser pulses, a research team involving the UniSysCat groups of Athina Zouni & Holger Dobbek gained important new insights into the function of photosystem II, a key catalytic system in photosynthesis.

Protonation controls function.

Two recent interdisciplinary UniSysCat publications shed light on the importance of protonation on the functionality and reactivity of molecular compounds relevant in chemistry and biology.

Single-atom calatyst for electrochemical water splitting

UniSysCat researchers Shuang Li and Arne Thomas present highly active single-atom catalysts based on inexpensive and durable materials. Their approach is a great step towards more efficient electrochemical water splitting.

Are you hungry?

A team of UniSysCat researchers deciphered the structure of the hunger switch in our brain - the tiny protein called melanocortin 4 receptor.

Prof. Kallol Ray

The three top articles published in Angewandte Chemie report sophisticated studies of reaction intermediates important in biocatalytic processes involving metalloenzymes.

Frontispiece in Angewandte Chemie

Four UniSysCat groups and one Einstein visiting fellow applied in a proof of concept study a new experimental setup for the characterization of reaction intermediates in [NiFe] hydrogenase, which was chosen as hot paper.

STEM of core–shell catalysts

A team featuring the UniSysCat groups of Walid Hetaba, Reinhard Schomäcker and Arne Thomas successfully synthesized multifunctional catalysts with a controllable distance between their active sites - a key goal of UniSysCat.

Direct compared to indirect seawater splitting

A research team around UniSysCat group leaders Prof. Matthias Driess and Prof. Robert Schlögl has found that direct seawater splitting for hydrogen production has substantial drawbacks compared to the conventional approach.