Professor Apala Majumdar

Mathematics and Statistics

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.


More information about my research group can be found at


Uniaxial versus biaxial pathways in one-dimensional cholesteric liquid crystals
Han Yucen, Dalby James, Majumdar Apala, Carter Benjamin M G D, Machon Thomas
Physical Review Research Vol 4 (2022)
Elastic anisotropy in the reduced Landau-de Gennes model
Han Yucen, Harris Joseph, Majumdar Apala, Zhang Lei
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 478 (2022)
One-dimensional ferronematics in a channel : order reconstruction, bifurcations, and multistability
Dalby James, Farrell Patrick E, Majumdar Apala, Xia Jingmin
SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics Vol 82, pp. 694-719 (2022)
Parameter dependent finite element analysis for ferronematics solutions
Maity Ruma Rani, Majumdar Apala, Nataraj Neela
Computers and Mathematics with Applications Vol 103, pp. 127-155 (2021)
Pattern Formation for Nematic Liquid Crystals-Modelling, Analysis, and Applications
Han Yucen, Majumdar Apala
Association for Women in Mathematics Association for Women in Mathematics (2021)
Solution landscapes of the simplified Ericksen--Leslie model and its comparison with the reduced Landau--de Gennes model
Han Yucen, Yin Jianyuan, Hu Yucheng, Majumdar Apala, Zhang Lei
Proceedings of the Royal Society Part A - Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 477 (2021)

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Professional activities

Departmental Colloquium, Physics and Mathematics, University of Dundee
Departmental Seminar Series, Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol
Defects and Distortions of Layered Complex Fluids
ECMI Science and Innovation Meeting 2022
Reviewer for the Leverhulme Trust

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Soft Matter with Nematic and Magnetic Order: Models, Simulations and Applications
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 63,393.00 GBP
Unravelling the Mysteries of Complex Nematic Solution Landscapes
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
EMS Covid Recovery Grant
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 850 GBP
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
QJMAM grant for Durham-Oxford-Strathclyde network workshop
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 1200GBP
30-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022
London Mathematical Society Research Reboot Scheme
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 500 GBP
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022
Topology And Shape Optimisation For Confined Nematic Liquid Crystal Systems
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022

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