News Research Highlights

Overall structure of the studied complex PORCN with palmitoleoyl-CoA.

An international team including UniSysCat researcher Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt elucidated the mechanism & inhibition of Wnt acylation mediated by the enzyme PORCN - a process comprising an important signalling pathway in our...

Valorization of lignin. © Alaa Al-Naji/BasCat – UniCat BASF JointLab.

A team of UniSysCat researchers reviewed the development of technologies for the catalytic valorization of lignin, a natural plant material, to valuable chemicals in biorefineries.

A team of six UniSysCat groups discovered a promising recyclable catalyst for cross-couplings by combining a nickel catalyst and a photocatalyst in a single material.

A team of six UniSysCat groups discovered a promising recyclable catalyst for cross-couplings by combining a nickel catalyst and a photocatalyst in a single material.

Screening of Photocatalysts

A team of UniSysCat researchers presents a simple method for the screening of the photocatalytic activity of up to four catalysts in parallel – a method that may save a lot of time in the lab.

New superior electrode material: plasma-modified nickel foam

A team of UniSysCat researchers developed a powerful electrode material for the electrolysis of alcohol, aldehyde and water: plasma-modified nickel foam.

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.

New family of porous crystalline COFs bearing acridine moieties

Two papers in Angewandte Chemie involving several UniSysCat groups show the versatility of Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) as materials for coupled photo- and electrocatalysis.

Type and amount of copper oxides can be controlled by voltage pulses to steer the CO2 electrocatalytic reduction reaction. © FHI

A recent operando study involving the UniSysCat group of Beatriz Roldan Cuenya reveals decisive parameters in the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction that were previously not understood.