The three new phthalocyanine precursors, 4-[4-(bromo phenoxy) phenoxy]phthalonitrile, 4-[4-(chlorophenoxy) phenoxy] phthalonitrile, 4-[4-(flourophenoxy) phenoxy] phthalonitrile (1, 2 and 3) were synthesized and characterized. The photochemical properties (singlet oxygen quantum yields and photodegradation quantum yields) and photophysical properties (fluorescence quantum yields and fluorescence behavior) of their peripherally tetra substituted zinc phthalocyanines (4)-tetra[bromo phenoxy]phthalocyaninato zinc(II), (4)-tetra[chlorophenoxy] phthalocyaninato zinc(II), (4)-Tetra [flourophenoxy] phthalocyaninato zinc(II) (4, 5 and 6) were reported for the first time. The new compounds (1-6) were characterized by using spectroscopic methods, FT-IR, H-1 NMR spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy and mass spectra as well as elemental analysis. General trends focus on fluorescence, photodegradation and singlet oxygen quantum yields of these compounds in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), dimethylformamide (DMF) and tetrahydrofuran (THF). The nature of the substituent and solvent effects on the photophysical and photochemical parameters of the chloro, fluoro, bromo-phenoxy-phenoxy substituted phthalocyanines (4, 5 and 6) was also reported. (C) 2013 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.