Welcome to the Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis"

We carry out research in the field of catalysis. Our future-related research topics range from energy supply, including natural gas and bio-hydrogen, to the development of new agents.  

The Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat) was founded in 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative launched by the German Federal and State Governments. About 250 chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers of 4 universities and 2 Max Planck research institutes are involved in this research network in Berlin and Potsdam.



Vibrant insight

New joint paper by Driess and Hildebrandt in Angewandte Chemie. The first S-oxygenated [NiFe] complex is a structural an


Nanomaterial-Based Biosensors for Health Care Diagnostics

Upon receiving grants from EU and Marie Curie Actions, Dr. Zeynep Altintas moved to Berlin University of Technology to c


Leopoldina Medal of Merit for Bärbel Friedrich

Today, microbiologist Prof. Bärbel Friedrich and former member of UniCat has been awarded the Medal of Merit of the Germ


Most Recent Publications

An S-Oxygenated [NiFe] Complex Modelling Sulfenate Intermediates of an O2-Tolerant Hydrogenase N. J. Lindenmaier, S. Wahlefeld, E. Bill, T. Szilvási, C. Eberle, S. Yao, P. Hildebrandt, M. Horch, I. Zebger, M. Driess Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 2208–2211, 10.1002/anie.201611069

Functional Graphene Nanomaterials Based Architectures: Biointeractions, Fabrications, and Emerging Biological Applications C. Cheng, S. Li, A. Thomas, N. A. Kotov, R. Haag Chemical Reviews 2017, 117, 1826–1914, 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00520

Activation of Dioxygen at a Lewis Acidic Nickel(II) Complex: Characterization of a Metastable Organoperoxide Complex P. Holze, T. Corona, N. Frank, B. Braun-Cula, C. Herwig, A. Company, C. Limberg Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 10.1002/anie.201609526

Discovery and Investigation of Natural Editing Function against Artificial Amino Acids in Protein Translation J. S. Völler, M. Dulic, U. I. M. Gerling-Driessen, H. Biava, T. Baumann, N. Budisa, I. Gruic-Sovulj, B. Koksch ACS Central Science 2017, 3, 73–80, 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00339

Contact Modifications for CFD Simulations of Fixed-Bed Reactors: Cylindrical Particles G. D. Wehinger, C. Fütterer, M. Kraume Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017, 56, 87–99, 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b03596

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