Phthalocyanine-Containing Supramolecular Arrays

  • Jian-Yong Liu
  • Pui-Chi Lo
  • Dennis K. P. NgEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 135)


Phthalocyanines represent a versatile class of functional dyes which have found applications in various disciplines ranging from materials science, catalysis, nanotechnology to medicine. The intrinsic properties of the macrocycles as well as their molecular arrangements, both in solution and in the condensed phase, can be altered through rational chemical modification. Conjugation of other functional units to phthalocyanines can also complement the characteristics of the macrocycles. All these approaches can improve the performance of these macrocyclic compounds as advanced functional materials. The purpose of this article is to provide an up-to-date review of the current research status of phthalocyanine-containing supramolecular systems. The formation, structures, and properties of self-assembled phthalocyanines as well as the non-covalent hetero-arrays containing phthalocyanines and other functional units are reviewed herein.


Axial coordination Host–guest complexes Phthalocyanines Self-assembly Supramolecular chemistry 



We thank the chinese University of Hong Kong for support through a strategic investments scheme and for a postdoctoral fellowship to J.-Y. Liu.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Center of Novel Functional MoleculesThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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