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

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

Spin Transition and Charge Transfer in Co2+/Co3+Complexes of Meridional Ligands Holding Nearby Redox-active Triarylamine L. Schnaubelt, H. Petzold, J. M. Speck, T. Rüffer, G. Hörner, H. Lang Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie 2018, 10.1002/zaac.201800274


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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.