Danaya Pratchayanan was born in Madrid, Spain and her nationality is Thai. She moved frequently until she was 12 years old and completed high school in Thailand where she attended British International School. Danaya earned her bachelor’s degree in 2013 in applied chemistry from the top university in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University. Her research included studying aboard at UC San Diego and focused on organic chemistry and total synthesis of certain compounds.
She returned to US for her master’s degree in the Materials Science Program at the University of Rochester. She studied under the advisement of Professor Mitchell Anthamatten and completed her thesis "Diels-Alder Reaction Kinetics and Thermodynamics within Semicrystalline Polymer Networks'' in August 2016. She has also published a paper in the Journal of Rheology titled "Thermomechanical insight into the reconfiguration of Diels-Alder networks".
After completing her master’s degree, Danaya relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to start employment at Elkem Silicones. In her current role as a technical service representative Danaya travels with the sales and marketing team to meet existing and new customers, helping to solve and propose solutions using their silicones.
When not working Danaya enjoys traveling (pre-pandemic), hiking, and yoga. In August 2020, she started a part-time MBA at the University of South Carolina (Darla Moore Business School) and is expected to graduate spring 2023.