During the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Systems in Catalysis" (UniSysCat), the executive board was elected. One of its members is Beatriz Roldan Cuenya.Spokespersons and Board Members of UniSysCat © TU Berlin/PR/Romina Becker
Prof. Arne Thomas (TU Berlin) was elected as Spokesperson. Vice-spokespersons are Prof. Matthias Driess (TU Berlin), and Prof. Holger Dobbek (HU Berlin).
In addition, the General Assembly elected the board members: Prof. Dorothea Fiedler (FMP Berlin), Prof. Joachim Heberle (FU Berlin), Prof. Silke Leimkühler (U Potsdam), Prof. Christian Limberg (HU Berlin), Dr. Martin Oschatz (MPIKG Potsdam), and Prof. Roel van de Krol (HZB Berlin).
"The aim of the UniSysCat Cluster of Excellence is to understand in principle how starting materials, intermediates and reaction products come into contact with various catalysts involved in order to react as efficiently as in a living cell", explains Prof. Dr. Arne Thomas, the newly elected Spokesperson. UniSysCat will hold a key position in the development of green chemistry in Germany, building upon the excellent work of UniCat, the precursor cluster of UniSysCat. "In many cases, individual catalytic reactions are already well understood, and now it is important to decipher reaction networks in chemical and biological catalysis in space and time in order to be able to control, simulate and modify them", says Prof. Dr. Peter Hildebrandt, TU Berlin.
Nature creates a coexistence of many different chemical reactions in a confined space, conserving resources, exploiting synergies and making chemical reactions greener and much more efficient than the industry has been able to do so far. Conventional industrial production, on the other hand, performs one production step after another, as in a linear chain. "In a single plant cell, a number of reaction chains can run at lightning speed, and we would need a hundred-meter-long industrial plant in production," explains Matthias Driess, vice Spokesperson of UniSysCat.