EXC 314/1: Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat)

The central scientific objective of UniSysCat (Unifying Systems in Catalysis) is to master the next stage of future challenges in catalysis: how to elucidate, create, and control reaction networks in chemical and biological catalysis at different levels of complexity in space and time. The systems targeted by UniSysCat cover various coupled catalytic and non-catalytic processes that fail to work or cannot be controlled if their key parts are spatio-temporally apart. Since coupling of catalytic reactions requires a comprehensive understanding of the elementary steps as well as the nature and dynamics of the catalytic sites, UniSysCat’s research program takes advantage of cutting-edge achievements of the internationally renowned centre for research in chemical and biological catalysis, Unifying Concepts in Catalysis, UniCat, including an indispensable tailored toolbox of experimental and theoretical methods. UniSysCat’s research program consists of five interconnected research areas that are defined by distinct combinations of various chemo- and biocatalytic cycles, (non-catalytic) ground state electron transfer, and excited state reactions. Links between these areas are established by elucidating overarching concepts in chemical and biological catalysis based on a proven interdisciplinary approach and similar methodologies. The research program benefits from synergistic effects generated by local, national, and international collaborations with renowned consortia and institutions that will be further developed toward a network of research networks. The main structural objective of UniSysCat is to further strengthen catalysis as a research priority in Berlin. We will extend sustainable measures established within UniCat including the dedicated appointment of professorships at the participating institutions. Main efforts are directed to promote young researchers. The successful international and interdisciplinary Graduate School BIG-NSE will continue under the roof of the Einstein Center of Catalysis, funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin, while UniSysCat will increase efforts to promote career development above the PhD level. In parallel, we will strive for attracting excellent young scientists from the outside for junior research group leader positions, with a view towards integrating them into a tenure track program. This option will encourage more women to pursue an academic career as part of our multifaceted measures to promote gender equality. Furthermore, UniSysCat will put a strong focus on creating a new culture to enable more young graduates to start their own enterprises. As an unparalleled sustainable measure, the Senate of Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin will establish the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) in a new building in 2018. CIF will constitute a unique infrastructure to open non-academic career pathways and will add a new dimension to the transfer of knowledge, complementing the existing UniCat BASF joint lab BasCat.

Principal investigators
SZF-1, Leitung Servicezentrum Forschung (Details) (Research Service Centre)
Braun, Thomas Prof. Dr. (Details) (Inorganic Chemistry)
Dias Pereira Martins, Berta Maria Dr. Dr. rer. nat. (Details) (Structural Biology / Biochemistry)
Dobbek, Holger Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (Details) (Structural Biology / Biochemistry)
Hecht, Stefan Prof. (Details) (Organic Chemistry and Functional Materials)
Hegemann, Peter Prof. Dr. (Details) (Experimental Biophysics)
Kneipp, Janina Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (Details) (Physical Chemistry)
Limberg, Christian Prof. Dr. (Details) (Inorganic and General Chemistry I)
Ray, Kallol Prof. Dr. (Details) (Inorganic Reaction Mechanism and Spectroscopy)
Schwalbe, Matthias (Details) (Inorganic and General Chemistry I)
Zouni, Athina PD Dr. (Details) (Honorary Chairs / Professors by Special Appointment / Part-Time Lecturers)

DFG Excellence Strategy: Cluster

Duration of project
Start date: 01/2019
End date: 12/2025

Research Areas
Basic Research in Biology and Medicine, Molecular Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

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