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

Stepwise Methane-to-Methanol Conversion on CuO/SBA-15 H. V. Le, S. Parishan, A. Sagaltchik, H. Ahi, A. Trunschke, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas Chemistry - A European Journal 2018, 10.1002/chem.201801135

Investigation into Consecutive Reactions of Ethane and Ethene Under the OCM Reaction Conditions over MnxOy–Na2WO4/SiO2 Catalyst S. Parishan, E. Nowicka, V. Fleischer, C. Schulz, M. G. Colmenares, F. Rosowski, R. Schomäcker Catalysis Letters 2018, 148, 1659–1675, 10.1007/s10562-018-2384-6

Photocatalytic CO2Reduction by Mesoporous Polymeric Carbon Nitride Photocatalysts M. Tasbihi, A. Acharjya, A. Thomas, M. Reli, N. AmbroŽová, K. Kočcí, R. Schomäcker Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2018, 18, 5636–5644, 10.1166/jnn.2018.15445

Terminal Hydride Species in [FeFe]-Hydrogenases Are Vibrationally Coupled to the Active Site Environment C. C. Pham, D. W. Mulder, V. Pelmenschikov, P. W. King, M. W. Ratzloff, H. Wang, N. Mishra, E. E. Alp, J. Zhao, M. Y. Hu, K. Tamasaku, Y. Yoda, S. P. Cramer Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 10605–10609, 10.1002/anie.201805144

Thermal O–H Bond Activation of Water As Mediated by Heteronuclear [Al2Mg2O5]•+: Evidence for Oxygen-Atom Scrambling C. Geng, J. Li, T. Weiske, H. Schwarz Journal of the American Chemical Society 2018, 140, 9275–9281, 10.1021/jacs.8b05618

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