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Welcome to the Einstein Centre for Catalysis / BIG-NSE!


Participants of the BIG-NSE retreat 2018


The BIG-NSE is an international Graduate School founded on May 29 2007 at the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB). Between 2007 and 2018, the School has been part of the Cluster "Unified Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat: see founded in 2007 by the TUB and five other Institutions in the Berlin area within the framework of the "Excellence Initiative" of the German Government. UniCat has been running succesfully during all this time and in September 2018, the Excellence Initiative decided to finance its follow-up Cluster of Excellence "UniSysCat" (see for another 7 years at least.

From 2019 on, the BIG-NSE will be part of the "Einstein Centre for Catalysis" (EC2) supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. The concept of EC2, which is closely linked to the UniSysCat research cluster, aims to inspire, initiate, and promote novel collaborations between research networks and institutions in Berlin on cutting-edge projects in chemistry and the molecular life sciences that may, in turn, open new directions for future catalysis research. For this purpose, in the coming years EC2/BIG-NSE will recruit excellent PhD students from all over the world, whose task will be to work on highly interdisciplinary research projects, overcoming the frontiers of classical disciplines in catalysis (soon more details about these projects about the recruitment procedure).

Latest News


Workshop "Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students" on Monday Nov. 19!

This workshop is a MUST for all PhD students! Please feel free to join![more]


New Initial Phase programme of BIG-NSE started!

The new Initial Phase programme of the BIG-NSE started a few weeks ago. You can find an overview and detailed description of all activities here. Please feel free to join the lectures and social evenings![more]


Two BIG-NSE PhD students awarded the "2018 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad" by The Chinese Scholarship Council

The awarding ceremony for the two awardees, Yupeng Zhou and Shuang Li, will take place at the Berlin Chinese Embassy on July 1st.[more]


BIG-NSE Alumni meeting on coming Friday, June 1st 2018

Batch WS2008: Ten years later: what happened to the PhD students?[more]


BIG-NSE retreat on May 17-18

Once again, BIG-NSE students report on the progress of their PhD during the retreat at Hotel Döllnsee, Schorfheide[more]


Nice interviews of two BIG-NSE students

Rhea (batch WS2016) and Min Ha (batch WS2015) talk about their experience at UniCat and BIG-NSE[more]


Special report on UniCat and BIG-NSE in the TU journal "TU intern"

Two full pages about BIG-NSE and its students![more]

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