Colloid Journal

, Volume 81, Issue 6, pp 711–719 | Cite as

Disaggregation of Zinc Tetra(4-Carboxyphenoxy) Phthalocyaninate in Aqueous Solutions of Dodecyl-, Tetradecyl-, and Hexadecyltrimethylammonium Bromides at pH 6–9

  • T. G. MovchanEmail author
  • A. Yu. Chernyad’ev
  • E. V. Plotnikova
  • A. Yu. Tsivadze
  • V. E. Baulin


The aggregation of zinc tetra(4-carboxyphenoxy) phthalocyaninate, ZnPc(COOH)4, in organic solvents and water at different pH values has been analyzed using electronic absorption and luminescence spectroscopies. It has been found that, in aqueous systems at pH 6–9, ZnPc(COOH)4 exists in an aggregated state, while it forms molecular solutions in dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide. The use of cationic surfactants (dodecyl-, tetradecyl-, and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromides) causes the disaggregation of ZnPc(COOH)4 into individual molecules in aqueous solutions at pH ≥ 6. This opens up possibilities of applying ZnPc(COOH)4 as a preparation for photodynamic therapy in physiological solutions, because each molecule of this compound may participate in the generation of singlet molecular oxygen.



We are grateful to the Center for Collective Use of the Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, for letting us use equipment for fluorescence measurements.


This work was performed within the framework of the state order “Physical Chemistry and Technology of High-Efficiency Polyfunctional Materials Based on Macrocyclic Compounds” and supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 18-03-00743.


The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. G. Movchan
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Yu. Chernyad’ev
    • 1
  • E. V. Plotnikova
    • 1
  • A. Yu. Tsivadze
    • 1
  • V. E. Baulin
    • 1
  1. 1.Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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