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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


3rd BIG-NSE graduation ceremony on June 6

Recently finished PhD BIG-NSE students receive their BIG-NSE graduation certificate![more]


New student delegates elected to the BIG-NSE board!

On Friday last week (March 14, 2014), two new PhD student delegates have been elected to represent the BIG-NSE students at the BIG-NSE Board: - Nils Lindenmeier (batch WS13), as first delegate - Mikaela Görlin (batch...[more]


Visit of a group of Pakistanese students at BIG-NSE/UniCat

On Thursday March 6, a group of 11 Master and PhD students from the Comsats Inst. of Information Technology of Abbottabad in Pakistan, visited several UniCat labs. The group was led by Dr. Jamshed Iqbal, associate Professor at...[more]


Two BIG-NSE PhD students help young students (11th class) from the Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium in Berlin-Reinickendorf win first prizes at the annual scientific "Jugend forscht" competition!

On Wednesday February 12 2014, the best research projects submitted within the youth research competition "Jugend forscht" (youth researches) were crowned. Two projects supported by two of our BIG-NSE students, Mikaela Görlin...[more]


New PhD days in March, May and June 2014

The next PhD evaluation seminars for the running PhDs (batches WS10, WS11 and WS12) will take place on: - Friday March 7 (schedule here) - Friday May 16 (schedule here) - Friday May 23 (schedule here) - Friday June...[more]


7 th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 10!

As every year once their "Initial Phase" is finished, the new PhD students of BIG-NSE will soon have the great honor to present their PhD work plan in front of the UniCat community. All presentations will take place on...[more]


The new BIG-NSE Initial Phase has started!

A couple of week ago, the 2013 version of the annual Initial Phase of the BIG-NSE programme started. During the coming 3 months, the PhD students of the new batch will be offered a varied activity programme, consisting of a mix...[more]

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