Lecture Hall C 130 of TU Berlin, Building C,
Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

UniCat has again been successful within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative and is to found the Gerhard Ertl Center as its new headquarters.

All future major science and joint projects and the corresponding interdisciplinary promotion of young scientists in the field of catalysis and chemical energy research in the Berlin area will be organised and located within the Gerhard Ertl Center from UniCat’s second funding period (2012-2017) onwards.

The Center will serve as a think tank, a host institution for outstanding guest scientists, a location for press conferences and strategy meetings and the home of our graduate school BIG-NSE.

You are cordially invited to the opening of this pioneering Center. 

After some short welcome speeches from noted figures in the fields of politics and science, a number of top-class scientific lectures will follow. Prof. Gerhard Ertl, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry who has given his name to our new Center, will start with a talk on catalysis and surface science.



2:00 pm, Lecture Hall C130, Building C, Straße des 17. Juni 115 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach
President of TU Berlin

Dr. Knut Nevermann
Berlin State Secretary for Science and Research

Scientific Talks

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
„Catalysis and surface science“ 

Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess
Chair of the Cluster of Excellence „Unifying Concepts in Catalysis“
„Unifying catalysis through chemical synthesis“

Coffee break

Prof. Dr. Daniel G. Nocera
Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University, USA
„The artificial leaf“

Prof. Dr. Karl O. Stetter
Professor Emeritus at University of Regensburg, Germany
„Hyperthermophiles in the history of life“ 

6:00 pm, BEL Building, Marchstraße 6 (five minutes walk)

Opening Ceremony of the Gerhard Ertl Center

Reception in the BEL Building in the TU Berlin