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.


Omar M. Yaghi

Omar M. Yaghi from UC Berkeley receives this year's Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award for his excellent pioneering research in the field of reticular chemistry.

Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

The ISE-Elsevier Prize for Experimental Electrochemistry 2021 goes to UniSysCat member Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya for her outstanding achievements in the field.

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.

Albert No. 6

The Einstein Foundation's magazine "Albert No. 6 - Catalysis" introducing the work of several UniSysCat researchers has been awarded three publishing prices. Congratulations!

Martin Oestreich

UniSysCat member Prof. Oestreich receives the WACKER silicone award in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of organic and organosilicon chemistry.

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.

Inauguration of CatLab

"The joint project CatLab shall revolutionize the world of catalysis." With these heavy words, CatLab, the new catalysis research center in Berlin, was inaugurated on June 21, 2021.

Prof. Dr. Holger Dobbek, vice chair of UniSyscat, has been elected as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities appreciating his scientific achievements and personality.

Mit dieser Frage beschäftigt sich UniSysCat Gruppenleiter Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle als Ombudsman der DFG zusammen mit Dr. Hjördis Czesnick in ihrem gemeinsamen Artikel im Bunsen-Magazin.

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