Welcome to the Cluster of Excellence UniCat

Excellence Strategy: UniSysCat proposal submitted

The designated spokespersons Prof. Matthias Driess, Prof. Arne Thomas, and Prof. Peter Hildebrandt have submitted the full proposal for the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis”, UniSysCat in short.



Two BIG-NSE PhD students awarded

Two PhD students of BIG-NSE were awarded with the “Chinese government award for outstanding self financed students abroa


High electromagnetic field enhancement of TiO2 nanotubes electrodes

Inez Weidinger and coworkers have published a joint paper of three Unicat groups in Angewandte Chemie. They have created


20 Years of Green Chemistry

John Warner, the founder of the field of Green Chemistry and eponym of the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) will present


Most Recent Publications

High-Frequency Fe-H Vibrations in a Bridging Hydride Complex Characterized by NRVS and DFT V. Pelmenschikov, L. B. Gee, H. Wang, K. C. MacLeod, S. F. McWilliams, K. L. Skubi, S. P. Cramer, P. L. Holland Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 9367–9371, 10.1002/anie.201804601

Water Formation under Silica Thin Films: Real-Time Observation of a Chemical Reaction in a Physically Confined Space M. J. Prieto, H. W. Klemm, F. Xiong, D. M. Gottlob, D. Menzel, T. Schmidt, H. J. Freund Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 10.1002/anie.201802000

Controlling the charge state of supported nanoparticles in catalysis: lessons from model systems G. Pacchioni, H. J. Freund Chemical Society Reviews 2018, 1–29, 10.1039/C8CS00152A

Experimentelle Bestimmung des aktiven Zentrums im heteronuklearen Redox-System [AlVOx]+./CO/N2O (x=3, 4) durch Gasphasen-Infrarotspektroskopie S. Debnath, H. Knorke, W. Schöllkopf, S. Zhou, K. R. Asmis, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie 2018, 130, 7570–7574, 10.1002/ange.201804056

Experimental Identification of the Active Site in the Heteronuclear Redox Couples [AlVOx]+./CO/N2O (x=3, 4) by Gas-Phase IR Spectroscopy S. Debnath, H. Knorke, W. Schöllkopf, S. Zhou, K. R. Asmis, H. Schwarz Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 7448–7452, 10.1002/anie.201804056

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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.