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


Elastic anisotropy in the reduced Landau-de Gennes model
Han Yucen, Harris Joseph, Zhang Lei, Majumdar Apala
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (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)
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 (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)
Quantum-dots-dispersed bent-core nematic liquid crystal and cybotactic clusters : experimental and theoretical insights
Patranabish Sourav, Wang Yiwei, Sinha Aloka, Majumdar Apala
Physical Review E Vol 103 (2021)

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Professional activities

Chandigarh University
Visiting researcher
Panelist for debate in the REDEFINING INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGY FOR EXCELLENCE (RISE) event, on 18th June, 2021 Chandigarh University, Punjab
London Mathematical Society Women in Mathematics Day
Oxford University SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Conference 2021
Invited Reviewer for "2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards"
SIAM Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science 2021

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Topology And Shape Optimisation For Confined Nematic Liquid Crystal Systems
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022
London Mathematical Society Research in Pairs Grant
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Award of 1200GBP to visit Dr Ruggeri in TU Wien, Austria in September 2021.
10-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2021
London Mathematical Society Research in Pairs Grant with TU Wien
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Solution landscapes for cholesterics in channel geometries
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
London Mathematical Society Research Reboot Scheme
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2021 - 14-Jan-2021
International Network for Women in Applications of Partial Differential Equations
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

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