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.


Shuang Li

Shuang Li has been a member of UniSysCat since 2015. She started as a PhD student with a BIG-NSE scholarship and finally, she became a group leader in UniSysCat. Now, she obtained a professor position at Sichuan University.

Ions in the selectivity filter of an ion channel

A research team including the group of UniSysCat member Adam Lange from FMP Berlin could directly visualize the ions in a variety of different ion channels under near-native conditions using solid-state NMR spectroscopy and...

Eighth episode of the science podcast "exzellent erklärt" now online

"Sustainable flying - new aircraft models, different fuels" is the topic of the latest episode. Scientists from the SE²A Cluster of Excellence in Braunschweig explain how flying shall become sustainable by 2050.

3D-image of the studied chloride ion pump (NmHR) showing the overall secondary structure.

An international team involving the UniSysCat group of Prof. Heberle successfully deciphered the pathway of chloride ions through a light-powered rhodopsin. Their findings make up a detailed „movie of a moving chloride ion“.


On Monday, February 28 at 7 pm, UniSysCat will present its research on the stage of MitWissenschaft in Humboldtforum Berlin.

Women in UniSysCat

Today, February 11, 2022 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We take this day as an opportunity to focus our attention on the women in UniSysCat.

IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast: Meet female UniSysCat scientists

In turn of this year's IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast, UniSysCat will host an online meeting: Meet four female UniSysCat group leaders and talk with them about research interests and career options.

Seventh episode of the science podcast "exzellent erklärt" now online

How can we grow old healthily? This is the topic of the latest episode of the podcast "exzellent erklärt". Researchers from CECAD Cologne describe how one can prevent age-related diseases through changing the lifestyle.

Prof. Dr. Han Sun

As a group leader at the FMP Berlin, UniSysCat member Han Sun conducted theoretical and experimental research for the development of new drugs.

Kolossal viRtual dAtabase for moleKular dEscriptors of orgaNophosphorus ligands

A team involving UniSysCat group leader Tobias Gensch presents kraken, a new database employing machine learning methods to predict properties of new ligands for catalysis.

Clara Immerwahr Award Ceremony 2022: Photos online!

Exzellenter Science Slam now online!

Video recording now online!


Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2008/1– 390540038