30th September 2018
Apala Majumdar was awarded a QJMAM (Quarterly Journal of Mathematics and Applied Mechanics) grant in August 2018 to fund a two-week visit to UNAM in Mexico, to work with Dr Carlos Garcia-Azpeitia and Dr Panos Panayotaros on the modelling of nematic-smectic transitions in shells or structural transitions in shells filled with liquid crystalline material. This will complement Apala's work on shell problems, with leading experimentalists in Europe. Apala met her collaborators at UNAM during a BUC workshop in May 2017 and has been in scientific contact with them since the BUC workshop. These collaborations will be further strengthened via the new Bath-Chile-Mexico network.