Imperial College London

Dr Marin Sawa

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate







Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Marin Sawa is currently a research associate in the laboratory of Professor Klaus Hellgardt in the Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College.

Investigating the intersection of design with algal biotechnology in collaboration with algal scientists at Imperial College, she was awarded a PhD in biodesign  from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (2016), during which time, she was informally a Designer in Residence in the Photosynthesis Research laboratory at Sir Ernst Chain Building, Life Sciecnes Department.

Prior to this she graduated from Architectural Association School of Architecture with a First Class Honours degree in Architecture and RIBA part 1 and went on to explore the frontier of experimental design with technological materials in her Masters’ degree in Design at Central Saint Martins where she graduated with distinction.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sawa M, Fantuzzi A, Bombelli P, et al., 2017, Electricity generation from digitally printed cyanobacteria, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Sawa M, 2016, The laboratory life of a designer at the intersection with algal biotechnology, Arq-architectural Research Quarterly, Vol:20, ISSN:1359-1355, Pages:65-72


Sawa M, 2014, Algaerium and Marin Sawa interview in 'Bio Design Nature, Science, Creativity', Thames and Hudson, ISBN:9780500291504

Sawa M, 2017, Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing, Hatje Cantz, ISBN:978-3-7757-4336-5

Sawa M, 2017, Algae Printing and Algaerium Bioprinter, Promopress, ISBN:9788416504657


Sawa M, Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing, STRATS Prize Talks

Sawa M, An ecosophical intersection of design and algal biotechnology:Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing, Shaping the Future 2017

Sawa M, Fantuzzi A, Nixon P, et al., Development of printed solar biobattery for use in bioelectronics, Arm Summit 2018, Centro internazionale di studi d'architettura Andrea Palladio

Sawa M, Solar Biobattery: Thin-film Biophotovoltaic Technology - from Research to Industry Collaboration, 8th European Algae Industry Summit

Sawa M, Interweaving Algal Biotechnology With the Urban Environment, Syn.De.Bio

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