y In this work, we have used two different metal centered water soluble phthalocyanines for the degradation of 4-nitrophenol in water media. In the photodegradation reactions that took place in the photoreactor for 1 h without using any oxidant, 4-nitrophenol compound was completed with 95% (for CoPc) and 97% (for CuPc) conversion to toxic and non-harmful species. The hydroquinone compound was identified as the main product and the benzoquinone compound as the by-product. The turnover number for Cu phthalocyanine was 1896 and for Co phthalocyanine was 2101. Finally, recovery studies were carried out for water soluble Cu phthalocyanine used as photocatalyst and the number of cycles was determined as 7. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.