The photophysical and metal coordination properties of the N-CH3 substituted porphyrins: H(N-CH3)TPP vs H(CH3)OEP

I.V. Sazanovich, D.B. Berezin, A. van Hoek, A.Yu. Panarin, V.L. Bolotin, A.S. Semeykin, V.S. Chirvony

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The effect of N-methyl substitution on photophysical and metal coordination properties of the respective derivatives of octaethylporphyrin (H2OEP) and tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TPP) was studied by means of steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopies combined with semi-empirical quantum-chemical calculations and coordination chemistry methods. In case of H2TPP, the insertion of the methyl substituent into the center of the porphyrin macrocycle leads to noticeable nonplanar distortions of the molecule and is accompanied by changes of its photophysical and physicochemical properties towards those manifested by "classical" nonplanar porphyrins. Contrasting to that, N-methyl substituted H2OEP does not undergo significant nonplanar distortions and possesses photophysical characteristics mainly similar to unsubstituted H2OEP, except for the long-wavelength shift of the absorption and emission bands. The Zn coordination/Zn complex dissociation and macrocycle thermal stability parameters were also determined for both N-methyl substituted and parent unsubstituted macrocycles, which correlate well with a higher degree of nonplanarity of the N-methyl substituted H2TPP as compared to H2OEP. Basing on the results of this study the conclusion postulated is that N-methyl substitution has a different effect on the photophysical and coordination properties of H2TPP vs. H2OER 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-67
JournalJournal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • free-base porphyrins
  • structural-characterization
  • complexes
  • deactivation
  • diacids
  • state

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