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.


The Berlin University Alliance has won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy.


We are delighted to announce that Peter Hegemann, Hertie professor of Neuroscience at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and researcher in UniSysCat has received the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Yuwen Wang, PhD student in the BIG-NSE graduate school and group member of Matthias Driess is one of the 45 finalists for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2019. The committee honoured her publication “An Isolable Bis(silylene)-Stabilized...

The project "iGEM-Synthetic Biology" is utilizing different types of bacteria and combining their properties to develop improved biological batteries. The project is hosted by Nediljko Budisa and the UniSysCat Cluster of...

Nediljko Budisa and his team engineer aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) to provide access to the ribosomal incorporation of noncanonical amino acids. The researchers achieved a high-activity enzyme variant for photocaged...

A record number of 25 projects in the "House of Chemistry" filled the “Long Night” program.The Institute of Chemistry and UniSysCat working groups participated with an attractive program.

We are honored to congratulate Peter Hegemann for receiving the Honorary Doctorate Degree from the faculty of biology and pre-clinical medicine of the University Regensburg.


3. May, the Clara Immerwahr Award Ceremony took place for Dr. Maria Escudero Escribano, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


UniSysCat researchers have developed hierarchically porous covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for the first time.

We are honored to congratulate Robert Bittl as 2019 Awardee of the Silver Medal in Physics/Materials by the International EPR (ESR) Society

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