Dr Apala Majumdar
Dr Apala MajumdarPhD in Applied Mathematics, MSc in Mathematics and Physics
Apala [dot] Majumdar [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Reception/Secretary: +44 1865 273525
Liquid crystals, partial differential equations, bistable liquid crystal devices.
Solidification and pattern formation in colloidal systems.
Multiscale modelling in materials science.
Prizes, Awards and Scholarships:
• October 2007 - October 2008: Junior Research Fellowship in Linacre College, University of Oxford.
1] L.Giomi, M.Bowick, X.Ma & A.Majumdar 2012 Molecular tilt on monolayer-protected
nanoparticles. Europhysics Letters 97, 36005.
 A.Majumdar, C.Prior & A.Goriely 2012 Stability Estimates for a Twisted Rod Under Terminal Loads: A Three-dimensional Study. Journal of Elasticity. DOI: 10.1007/s10659-012-9371-8
 C.Luo, A.Majumdar & R.Erban 2012 The dynamics of bistable liquid crystal wells. Accepted for publication in Physical Review E.
 A. Majumdar, 2012 The Landau-de Gennes theory for nematic liquid crystals: Uniaxiality versus Biaxiality. Communications in Pure and Applied Analysis, 11, 1303 - 1337.
 A. Majumdar, 2012 The radial-hedgehog solution in Landau-de Gennes' theory for nematic liquid crystals. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 23, 61 - 97.
 A. Majumdar, 2011 Order parameters in the Landau-de Gennes theory: static versus dynamic scenarios. Liquid Crystals, 38, Number 2, 169 - 181.
 S.S.L.Peppin, A.Majumdar, R.Style, G.Sander, 2011 Frost heave in colloidal soils. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 71, 1717 - 1732.
 A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2010 Tangent unit-vector fields: Nonabelian homotopy invariants and the Dirichlet energy. Acta Mathematica Scientia, 30, No. 5, 1357 - 1399.
 *A. Majumdar, 2010 Equilibrium order parameters of liquid crystals in the Landau-de Gennes theory. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 21, 181 - 203.
 A. Majumdar & A. Zarnescu, 2010 The Landau-de Gennes theory of nematic liquid crystals: the Oseen-Frank limit and beyond. Archive of Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 196, No 1, 227 - 280.
 *J. Ball & A. Majumdar, 2010 Nematic liquid crystals: from Maier-Saupe to a continuum theory. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 525, 1 - 11.
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 S.S.L. Peppin, A. Majumdar & J.S. Wettlaufer, 2010 Morphological instability of a non-equilibrium ice-colloid interface. Proceedings of Royal Society A, 466, no. 2113, 177 - 194 .
 A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2009 Tangent unit-vector fields: nonabelian homotopy invariants and the Dirichlet energy. Comptes Rendus Mathematique, 347, 1159 - 1164.
 *A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin 2008 Energies of S2-valued harmonic maps on polyhedra with tangent boundary conditions. Annales Henri Poincare C, 25, 77 - 103.
 *A. Majumdar, C. J. P. Newton, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2007 Topology and bistability in liquid crystal devices. Physical Review E, 75, 051703 - 051714.
 A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2006 Elastic energy for reflection-symmetric topologies. Journal of Physics A - Mathematics and General, 39, 2673 - 2687.
 A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2004 Elastic energy of liquid crystals in convex polyhedra. Journal of Physics A - Mathematics and General, 37, L573 - L580.
 A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2004 Lower bounds for energies of harmonic tangent unit-vector fields on convex polyhedra. Letters in Mathematical Physics, 70, 169 - 183.
 D. Henao & A.Majumdar 2012 Symmetry of uniaxial global Landau-de Gennes minimizers in the theory of nematic liquid crystals. Submitted to SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis.
• January - April 2010 : Lecturer and Examiner for the fourth year undergraduate course - Elasticity and Plasticity.
• January - April 2009 : Lecturer and Examiner for the fourth year undergraduate course - Elasticity and Plasticity.
Workshops and minisymposia organised
 24 - 25 August 2011: Liquid Crystal Modelling and Display Applications Workshop - Gibson Building, Oxford
Co-organizers: Dr Andrew Davidson, Professor Nigel Mottram
Co-organizer: Professor Nigel Mottram
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