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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


Klaus-Grohe-Prize 2013 of GDCh for Bartek!

Dr. Bartlomiej Krawczyk, BIG-NSE alumni (batch SS09) from the group of Prof. Roderich Süßmuth, was given the "Klaus-Grohe-Prize" 2013 by the GdCh (German Chemical Society). Congratulations dear Bartek![more]


New scholarship programme for international PostDocs at TU!

Please check all details here.[more]


2nd BIG-NSE graduation ceremony on May 17!

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


PhD evaluation seminars in April, May and June 2013

The next PhD evaluation seminars for the running PhDs (batches WS09, WS10 and WS11) will take place on: - Friday April 19 (schedule here) - Friday May 3: details here - Friday May 31: details here - Friday June...[more]


6th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 11th

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]


Initial Program WS2012 started

Since Oktober 1st the new Initial Phase program has started. Again a combination of basic lectures, excursions, soft skill courses and social events are offered in particular to the PhD students of the new batch. Many activities...[more]


PhD evaluation day on coming Friday June 8

The fourth and last PhD evaluation day for this year will take place on coming Friday, June 8, as already announced several months ago. A nice program containing no less than 9 scientific PhD work reports will be presented...[more]

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