Welcome to the Cluster of Excellence UniCat

The call for applications for the Clara Immerwahr Award 2019 is now open.
Details can be found on the UniSysCat web page.



Stefan Hecht new Associate Editor of “The Journal of Organic Chemistry”

Prof. Stefan Hecht was appointed as Associate Editor at the American Chemical Society’s “The Journal of Organic Chemistr


Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat)

How to Understand and Utilize Networks in Catalysis


Professor Katrina T. Forest awarded with an Einstein Visiting Fellowship

We are glad to announce the successful application of Prof. Katrina T. Forest (University of Wisconsin-Madison) for an E


Most Recent Publications

Structures of the intermediates of Kok’s photosynthetic water oxidation clock J. Kern, R. Chatterjee, I. D. Young, F. D. Fuller, L. Lassalle, M. Ibrahim, S. Gul, T. Fransson, A. S. Brewster, R. Alonso-Mori, R. Hussein, M. Zhang, L. Douthit, C. de Lichtenberg, M. H. Cheah, D. Shevela, J. Wersig, I. Seuffert, D. Sokaras, E. Pastor, C. Weninger, T. Kroll, R. G. Sierra, P. Aller, A. Butryn, A. M. Orville, M. Liang, A. Batyuk, J. E. Koglin, S. Carbajo, S. Boutet, N. W. Moriarty, J. M. Holton, H. Dobbek, P. D. Adams, U. Bergmann, N. K. Sauter, A. Zouni, J. Messinger, J. Yano, V. K. Yachandra Nature 2018, 10.1038/s41586-018-0681-2

Oriented external electric fields as mimics for probing the role of metal ions and ligands in the thermal gas-phase activation of methane C. Geng, J. Li, M. Schlangen, S. Shaik, X. Sun, N. Wang, T. Weiske, L. Yue, S. Zhou, H. Schwarz Dalton Transactions 2018, 47, 15271–15277, 10.1039/c8dt03048k

Elektrisches Feld als “smarter” Ligandenersatz zur kontrollierten thermischen Aktivierung von Methan und molekularem Wasserstoff L. Yue, N. Wang, S. Zhou, X. Sun, M. Schlangen, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie 2018, 130, 14845–14849, 10.1002/ange.201805718

The Electric Field as a “Smart” Ligand in Controlling the Thermal Activation of Methane and Molecular Hydrogen L. Yue, N. Wang, S. Zhou, X. Sun, M. Schlangen, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 14635–14639, 10.1002/anie.201805718

Surface Carbon as a Reactive Intermediate in Dry Reforming of Methane to Syngas on a 5% Ni/MnO Catalyst A. Gili, L. Schlicker, M. F. Bekheet, O. Görke, S. Penner, M. Grünbacher, T. Götsch, P. Littlewood, T. J. Marks, P. C. Stair, R. Schomäcker, A. Doran, S. Selve, U. Simon, A. Gurlo ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 8739–8750, 10.1021/acscatal.8b01820

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