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Welcome to the Einstein Center of Catalysis / BIG-NSE!


Participants of the BIG-NSE retreat 2019


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.

Since January 2019, the BIG-NSE has been part of the "Einstein Center of 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


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]


10th anniversary BIG-NSE celebration on July 14, 2017

BIG-NSE celebrates its 10 years of existence with a series of talks by alumni, a panel discussion with alumni and a graduation ceremony. [more]


BIG-NSE retreat on June 15-16

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


BIG-NSE UniCat colloquium on Tuesday June 14

Hugh Kearns from Flinders University, South Australia, talks about "The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Researchers and Research Students"[more]


10th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 6, 2017

New batch PhD students present the work plan of their future PhD[more]

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