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Personal Statement

I am an applied mathematician by training with expertise at the interface of mathematical modelling, applied analysis and theoretical physics. I primarily specialise in the mathematics and modelling of nematic liquid crystals and partially ordered materials, including their applications in industry. My research programme has four essential strands - (i) analysis of continuum theories for liquid crystals and soft materials; (ii) multiscale theories that focus on the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic continuum approaches; (iii) non-equilibrium phenomena e.g. switching processes and transition pathways between metastable states  and (iv) modelling of soft-matter based applications in industry and technology, with emphasis on geometry- and energy-driven pattern formation.

I have worked with researchers from different branches of mathematics e.g. pure and applied mathematics, numerical analysis, industrial mathematics. Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of my research, I have worked with physicists, chemists and researchers from industry e.g. Merck Chemicals. I have collaborators all around the world e.g. Luxembourg, China, India, Chile, Mexico and the States and my work is currently funded by three separate international projects.

Prior to my appointment at Strathclyde, I have worked at the University of Bristol, University of Oxford and University of Bath. I was the Director for the Centre for Nonlinear Mechanics at Bath from 2018-2019, which is a University Research Centre focussed on interdisciplinary research in applied mathematics. I also led a Bath-Chile-Mexico network spanning four institutions and co-funding four international research workshops. I am currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, where I have co-supervised graduate students. I am also a member of the Programme Committee of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh and a member of the Global Challenges Research Funding Strategic Advisory Group in the United Kingdom. I am deeply committed to applied mathematics in an interdisciplinary context and please feel free to contact me directly at for research projects. PhD and postdoctoral opportunities.

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Nematic Liquid Crystal Mathematics
Liquid Crystal Mathematics
liquid crystals Physics & Astronomy
Nematic liquid crystals Engineering & Materials Science
Order Parameter Mathematics
Three-dimensional Mathematics
Defects Mathematics
Energy Mathematics

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Research Output 2004 2020

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Magnetic nanoparticles in a nematic channel: a one-dimensional study

Bisht, K., Banerjee, V., Milewski, P. & Majumdar, A., 10 Jul 2019, In : Physical Review E. 100, 1, 9 p., 012703.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Magnetic Nanoparticles
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Minimizers of a Landau-de Gennes energy with a subquadratic elastic energy

Canevari, G., Majumdar, A. & Stroffolini, B., 30 Sep 2019, In : Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. 233, 3, p. 1169–1210 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Length Scale
Nematic liquid crystals


British Liquid Crystal Society Young Scientist Prize

Apala Majumdar (Recipient), 1 Apr 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship

Apala Majumdar (Recipient), 1 Oct 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Activities 2016 2020

British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Training Workshop

Apala Majumdar (Speaker)
Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Royal Society (External organisation)

Apala Majumdar (Advisor)
1 Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee