The synthesis and characterization of peripherally tetra-biphenyl-4-yl-methoxy substituted metal-free (4), Ni(II) (5), Cu(II) (6), Zn(II) (7), Co(II) (8) and Pb(II) (9) phthalocyanine derivatives are reported. These new phthalocyanine derivatives show the enhanced solubility in organic solvents and they have been characterized by a combination of IR, H-1 NMR, C-13 NMR, UV-vis, mass spectral data, elemental analysis and thermal analysis methods (TG/DTA). The photophysical (fluorescence quantum yield and lifetime) and photochemical (singlet oxygen generation and photodegradation quantum yield) properties of tetra-biphenyl-4-yl-methoxy substituted zinc (II) phthalocyanine derivative (7) are also investigated. The fluorescence of this phthalocyanine derivative (7) is effectively quenched by addition of 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ). (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.