About Us

Luzchem Research Inc.

A manufacturer of scientific equipment. It was incorporated in Canada in 1997. The company was founded by Dr. J.C. Scaiano and his wife Elda E. Scaiano, and entered the manufacturing field with the construction of photoreactors for the Pulp and Paper industry. The company has continued to refine and develop the photoreactor line, including compliance with drug photostability tests. In 1999, Luzchem reached an agreement with the University of Ottawa for the design, development and manufacturing of a patented miniaturized Laser Flash Photolysis System (mLFP).
In 2002, Luzchem introduced products for thin film metrology, in 2003 xenon illumination products, in 2004 spectroradiometers, in 2005 solar simulators and in 2008 released the first in its line of computer controlled photoreactors. In 2014, Luzchem’s first LED photoreactors and EXPO panels became available. They announced the release of a completely updated LFP (Laser Flash Photolysis) system in 2016. Most recently, Luzchem released a new LED solar simulator (LED-Sol) that complies with Class AAA requirements as per IEC 60904-9.
In recent years, Luzchem has made major improvements to it’s photoreactors including expanding the available wavelength ranges for irradiation.  It redesigned the Xenon Illuminator to be more compact.  It also introduced the LED Illuminator and Well Plate Illuminator to it’s line of illumination tools. 
Since 2003, Luzchem has been located at the Canotek Industrial Park in Ottawa, where it has 4000 sq ft of research and manufacturing space. Dr. Scaiano, Luzchem's chief scientist, is responsible for R&D efforts directed to the development of new spectroscopy products.
Dr. Scaiano also holds the position of Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa and is the Canada Research Chair in Applied Photochemistry. Scaiano is also the winner of the 2002 Gerhard Herzberg NSERC gold medal in Science and Engineering, Canada's top science prize, and an officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2007 Luzchem was honored by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce by being selected as a finalist in the Small Business of the Year category. Luzchem won the Award in October 2007. This vote of confidence by the Ottawa Business Community provides great impetus for our company's development.
Since 2007, Luzchem was run by Dr. Scaiano’s daughters, Veronica Scaiano and Adriana Laliberte.  In 2014 they took over as owners of the company.  In 2021, Veronica Scaiano took over sole ownership of Luzchem.  She strives to keep Luzchem current and meeting the needs of photochemists and photobiologists. 
With over 600 instruments in the field and over 90% of them in regular use, Luzchem receives regular feedback about the needs of the community, and participates in scientific meetings as a way to make sure it remains aware of changing needs and offers products that meet the requirements of its customer base.