Welcome to the Cluster of Excellence UniCat

Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) approved

“We are delighted about the cluster´s approval and the possibility to conduct innovative research,” says Matthias Driess, Professor of Chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin and one of UniSysCat’s three spokespersons. “We will work in five interdisciplinary research areas on the elucidation and evolution of catalytic networks. The aim is to fundamentally understand how reactants, intermediates, and reaction products come into customized contact with the various catalysts involved,” explains Arne Thomas, also cluster spokesperson and Professor of Chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin.

The UniSysCat Cluster of Excellence, proposed by Technische Universität Berlin, will play a key role in Germany and can build on ten years of outstanding work by UniCat, the previous cluster of the Excellence Initiative. "Individual catalytic reactions are already well understood in many cases. The challenge now is to decipher reaction networks in chemical and biological catalysis in space and time so that they can then be controlled, predicted and modified", explains Peter Hildebrandt, Professor of Physical Chemistry and third spokesperson for UniSysCat.

UniSysCat acknowledges all involved research groups and partner institutions for their great engagement and the excellent research contributions enabling the proposal to fund UniSysCat. Furthermore we are grateful for the work of all referees and the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the review and funding of UniSysCat.



Research Training Group “Bioactive Peptides – Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosynthesis” approved by DFG

Funding for the new Research Training Group (RTG2473/1) “Bioactive Peptides – Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosyn


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


Alfred Stock Memorial Award for Prof. Christian Limberg

Professor Christian Limberg, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, has received the Alfred Stock Memorial Award from t


Most Recent Publications

Vibrationally resolved absorption and fluorescence spectra of perylene and N-substituted derivatives from autocorrelation function approaches T. Xiong, R. Włodarczyk, P. Saalfrank Chemical Physics 2018, 515, 728–736, 10.1016/j.chemphys.2018.06.011

An efficient first principles method for molecular pump-probe NEXAFS spectra: Application to thymine and azobenzene C. Ehlert, M. Gühr, P. Saalfrank The Journal of Chemical Physics 2018, 149, 144112– 10.1063/1.5050488

Crystal structure of the red light-activated channelrhodopsin Chrimson K. Oda, J. Vierock, S. Oishi, S. Rodriguez-Rozada, R. Taniguchi, K. Yamashita, J. S. Wiegert, T. Nishizawa, P. Hegemann, O. Nureki Nature Communications 2018, 9, 10.1038/s41467-018-06421-9

Electrical properties, substrate specificity and optogenetic potential of the engineered light-driven sodium pump eKR2 C. Grimm, A. Silapetere, A. Vogt, Y. A. Bernal Sierra, P. Hegemann Scientific Reports 2018, 8, 10.1038/s41598-018-27690-w

Oxygen Activation in Oxidative Coupling of Methane on Calcium Oxide L. Thum, M. Rudolph, R. Schomäcker, Y. Wang, A. Tarasov, A. Trunschke, R. Schlögl The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 123, 8018–8026, 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b07391

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is a Cluster of Excellence within the framework of the Excellence Initiative researching the economically important field of catalysis.
About 240 chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers of 4 universities and 2 Max Planck research institutes are involved in Berlin and Potsdam. More about UniCat.