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.


Prof. Markus Antonietti

The award ceremony originally planned for 2020 had been rescheduled to November 3, 2021. Congratulations once again from UniSysCat!

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.

Martin Oestreich

What an exciting new task for UniSysCat group leader Prof. Martin Oestreich! He recently joined the board of the new book series "Lives in Chemistry - Lebenswerke in der Chemie".

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl

Nobel Laureate Prof. Gerhard Ertl celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10th. UniSysCat warmly congratulates the pioneer of surface chemistry and spiritus rector of our catalysis research.

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.

Alfred Nobel

Benjamin List and David MacMillan receive this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of new catalysts. We're excited that the importance of catalysis is highlighted by the highest award.

Second episode of the science podcast "exzellent erklärt" is now online.

Alzheimer's - origin, findings, research questions. Prof. Christian Haass from the Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology talks about his work on the neurological disease.

UniSysCat member Prof. Peter Hegemann

Together with Dieter Oesterhelt and Karl Deisseroth, Peter Hegemann has been honoured with the very prestigious biomedical research award for his pioneering work on optogenetics.

Bundesciencia LGBTQ STEM Tisch

LGBTQ STEM Berlin and the Society of Spanish Researchers in Germany (CERFA) invite to the first Bundesciencia LGBTQ STEM Tisch on September 30.

Prof. Kallol Ray

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

Social Media

New Video: "Day in the Life" with Shuang Li

Making Of: Podcast "Exzellent erklärt"

WissenAusBerlin film day: Backstage photos now online!

UniSysCat Kick-Off Video


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