Chemistry is one of the fundamental natural sciences. Chemists are tasked with understanding the material world and how it changes. To achieve this, we examine the structure, properties, and transformation of substances.
Our work makes major contributions to the fields of catalysis, biological and biophysical chemistry, modern molecular and synthesis chemistry, solid-state chemistry and analysis, electrochemistry and energy storage as well as material science. We also conduct research in the fields of theoretical and technical chemistry.
Catalysis research at the institute ranges from homogenous to heterogenous through to biocatalysis and plays a central role in several of our research networks. The Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis” (UniSysCat), for which TU Berlin is speaker, is of particular significance. Understanding and controlling networks and cascades of (bio)chemically catalyzed reactions is of key interest to scientists in a wide range of chemical disciplines.
The previous Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) collaborated with BASF SE to establish the joint research laboratory BasCat dedicated to researching heterogenous catalysis reactions.
In our “Einstein Center of Catalysis” graduate program (EC2/BIG-NSE), doctoral candidates pursuing interdisciplinary projects receive support in the field of catalysis.
Peptide agents are at the focus of the “Bioactive Peptides - Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosynthesis” research training group (SynPepBio) led by TU Berlin. Their isolation and production, structures, and mechanisms of action are being jointly investigated by a team of 11 working groups from different disciplines.
In addition, the development of sustainable and resource-saving processes is, on the one hand, the fundamental motivation for much of the catalysis research at the institute and, on the other hand, the goal of investigations into converting chemical energy into electrical energy, for example in the context of fuel cell and battery research carried out by several of our working groups.
The "Chemical Invention Factory - John Warner Center for start-ups in Green Chemistry" (CIF) links the topic of sustainability with entrepreneurship, the so-called third career path. Here entrepreneurs in the field of green chemistry receive support, such as in the form of laboratory space and mentorship.
TU Berlin’s Institute of Chemistry was also the first European institution to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment of the international organization Beyond Benign. Furthermore, the Green Chemistry working group started by the Institute of Chemistry’s student initiative is dedicated to ensuring sustainability is at the forefront of the student body. Together with instructors, it develops course concepts in this area.
Further details about our areas of focus can be found on our academic chairs’ websites under About/Divisions.