Dr Apala Majumdar

Dr Apala Majumdar

Dr Apala Majumdar

PhD in Applied Mathematics, MSc in Mathematics and Physics

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eMail: Apala [dot] Majumdar [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
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Phone Number(s):

Reception: +44 1865 273525
Direct: +44 1865 615137

Office: S3.07

Departmental Address:

Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
United Kingdom

Research Interests: 

 

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 2011 - September 2016: EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship
  • March 2012: British Liquid Crystal Society Young Scientist Prize

    • October 2007 - October 2008: Junior Research Fellowship in Linacre College, University of Oxford.
    • November 2006 - November 2008: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship.
    • June 2002: Sir Nevill Mott Prize for best performance in finals for the Joint Mathematics and Physics
programme, University of Bristol, UK.

Major/Recent Publications: 

1] L.Giomi, M.Bowick, X.Ma & A.Majumdar 2012 Molecular tilt on monolayer-protected

nanoparticles. Europhysics Letters 97, 36005.

 

[2] 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

 

[3] C.Luo, A.Majumdar & R.Erban 2012 The dynamics of bistable liquid crystal wells. Accepted for publication in Physical Review E.

 

[4] A. Majumdar, 2012 The Landau-de Gennes theory for nematic liquid crystals: Uniaxiality versus Biaxiality. Communications in Pure and Applied Analysis, 11, 1303 - 1337.

 

[5] A. Majumdar, 2012 The radial-hedgehog solution in Landau-de Gennes' theory for nematic liquid crystals. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 23, 61 - 97.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1009.4402

 

[6] A. Majumdar, 2011 Order parameters in the Landau-de Gennes theory: static versus dynamic scenarios. Liquid Crystals, 38, Number 2, 169 - 181.

 

[7] S.S.L.Peppin, A.Majumdar, R.Style, G.Sander, 2011 Frost heave in colloidal soils. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 71, 1717 - 1732.

 

[8] 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.

URL:http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0478

 

[9] *A. Majumdar, 2010 Equilibrium order parameters of liquid crystals in the Landau-de Gennes theory. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 21, 181 - 203.

URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/0808.1870

 

[10] 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.

URL: http://eprints.maths.ox.ac.uk/813/

 

[11] *J. Ball & A. Majumdar, 2010 Nematic liquid crystals: from Maier-Saupe to a continuum theory. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 525, 1 - 11.

URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content db=all content=a924324754 frm=abslink

 

[12] 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 .

URL: http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/466/2113/177.full

 

[13] 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.

URL: doi:10.1016/j.crma.2009.09.002

 

[14] *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.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anihpc.2006.11.003

 

[15] *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.

URL: http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRE/v75/e051703

 

[16] A. Majumdar, J. M. Robbins & M. Zyskin, 2006 Elastic energy for reflection-symmetric topologies. Journal of Physics A - Mathematics and General, 39, 2673 - 2687.

URL: http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0305-4470/39/11/008/

 

[17] 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.

URL: http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0305-4470/37/44/L05/LL

 

[18] 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.

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/qj4127h47x03q070/

 

SUBMITTED PAPERS

 

[1] 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.

Teaching: 

• 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.

Further Details: 

Workshops and minisymposia organised

[1]  24 - 25 August  2011: Liquid Crystal Modelling and Display Applications Workshop - Gibson Building, Oxford


[2] British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC) 2010: Co-organizer of minisymposium on Liquid Crystals.

Co-organizers: Dr Andrew Davidson, Professor Nigel Mottram


[3] 29th - 30th October 2009: Liquid Crystal Theory and Modelling: Discussion Meeting, St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Co-organizer: Professor Nigel Mottram