Electronic absorption spectra of substituted phthalocyanines in solution and as films

Hiroshi Ogata, Ryuji Higashi, Nagao Kobayashi

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The electronic absorption spectra of several phthalocyanines substituted at the so-called α-, β- and α and β-positions of the macrocycle have been recorded in solution and as films (α = 1,4,8,11,15,18,22, and 25 positions or 1,8 (or 11),15 (or 18), and 22 (or 25) positions, and β = 2,3,9,10,16,17,23, and 24 positions or 2,9 (or 10),16 (or 17), and 23 (or 24) positions). Phthalocyanines substituted with bulky groups at the α-positions prevent cofacial aggregation so that their Q-absorption band remains at a similar wavelength both in solution and films, although the film spectra are generally broader. Phthalocyanines substituted at the β-positions are apt to aggregate cofacially in polar solvents but in films they may show broad Q-bands which spread out to both shorter and longer wavelengths of the solution Q-band, depending on the bulkiness of the substituents. The film spectra of hexadeca-substituted phthalocyanines exhibit Q-bands at a similar wavelength as in solution, with insignificant broadening of the Q-band on film formation. However, the Soret bands for most of the substituted phthalocyanines are shifted and broadened to longer wavelength in the films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-557
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Absorption spectra
  • Aggregation
  • Film
  • Phthalocyanine
  • Solid
  • Substituent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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