Phenols from various man-made activities pose threats to public health and aquatic ecosystems. A number of technologies (e.g., adsorption, oxidation, and biological methods) have been proposed and tested to remove phenolic compounds from different sources. Among these technologies, oxidation process is considered one of the most efficient tools for abating phenolic compounds because of low cost, easy scalability, and ecofriendly production. In this work, we aim to synthesize and characterize potential catalysts (Co(II) and Cu(II) phthalocyanines 6 and 7) for phenolic compounds oxidation. Different parameters influenced the oxidation process were determined and phenolic compounds oxidize to the less harmful products with high conversion and yield in the presence of Co(II) and Cu(II) phthalocyanine catalysts. (c) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.