Das Thamattoor received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in chemistry from the Government Arts and Science College, Karwar, India and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in organic chemistry from Karnatak University, Dharwad, India. After obtaining a Ph.D. from Princeton University, he spent a year at Oberlin College in Ohio as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He then worked for a year as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame before joining the Colby College chemistry department.
At Colby, Das has taught the first half of the general chemistry sequence, both halves of introductory organic chemistry, advanced courses in reaction mechanisms, and a course for nonmajors. This spring he is teaching the second half of the two-semester organic chemistry sequence.
Das’ research interests include reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, photochemistry, unusual molecules, and computational chemistry.
When he is not teaching classes or puttering around the lab, Das is a rabid baseball fan who roots for the Tribe from Cleveland. During the 2013 baseball season, he and his son Luca, who was about 14 at the time, traveled around North America and saw a game at every major league baseball stadium. They also visited Cooperstown, the Field of Dreams, and the NLBM in Kansas City. A blog of their adventures may be viewed here.
Das is also into music, especially the blues. In the spring of 2013 he took a course with luthier Bill Russo to build an acoustic guitar. A slideshow of the key steps involved in making the guitar can be found here.