Application of MCD spectroscopy to porphyrinoids

John Mack, Martin J. Stillman, Nagao Kobayashi

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Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopy has proven invaluable in the assignment of the optical spectra of the porphyrinoids over the last 40 years. Recently, with new power of the DFT theoretical treatments available routinely, the assignment of porphyrinoid spectra has become an important factor in the correct interpretation of the electronic structure predicted by the calculations. In this review, we have described in detail the formalism required to use the MCD technique to probe the electronic structure of porphyrinoid complexes. We begin with a detailed description of the optical background to the technique; continue by describing the current theoretical interpretation of the spectral morphology, and end by describing the analysis of the MCD spectral data for a number of porphyrins and phthalocyanines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-453
Number of pages25
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb


  • DFT
  • INDO
  • MCD spectroscopy
  • MO calculations
  • Phthalocyanine
  • Porphyrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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