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


A multi-faceted study of nematic order reconstruction in microfluidic channels
Dalby James, Han Yucen, Majumdar Apala, Mrad Lidia
Hierarchies of critical points of a Landau-de Gennes free energy on three-dimensional cuboids
Shi Baoming, Han Yucen, Yin Jianyuan, Majumdar Apala, Zhang Lei
Nonlinearity Vol 36, pp. 2631-2654 (2023)
Multistability for a reduced nematic liquid crystal model in the exterior of 2D polygons
Han Yucen, Majumdar Apala
Journal of Nonlinear Science Vol 33 (2023)
Weak solutions to the equations of stationary compressible flows in active liquid crystals
Liang Zhilei, Majumdar Apala, Wang Dehua, Wang Yixuan
Communications in Mathematical Analysis and Applications (2022)
Two-dimensional ferronematics, canonical harmonic maps and minimal connections
Canevari Giacomo, Majumdar Apala, Stroffolini Bianca, Wang Yiwei
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)

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Professional activities

SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS24) (Event)
London Mathematical Society (External organisation)
Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting
Member of programme committee
Event in Honour of Professor Iain Stewart
British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Conference
Member of programme committee
Faculty-RKES event on Internationalisation

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London Mathematical Society Scheme 5 grant
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
ICMS Visiting Fellowship for Professor Humberto Hijar
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2023
ICMS Strategic Event for "Retreat for Women in Applied Mathematics"
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 19000GBP
09-Jan-2023 - 13-Jan-2023
ICMS Visiting Fellowship for Mr Saurav Patranabish
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Unravelling the Mysteries of Complex Nematic Solution Landscapes
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Soft Matter with Nematic and Magnetic Order: Models, Simulations and Applications
Majumdar, Apala (Principal Investigator)
Value: 63,393.00 GBP

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