New phthalonitrile (L1), metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc) and zinc-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) substituted in peripheral positions with 2-pyridyl methyl pendant arm linked mixed donor macrocyclic ligands have been prepared in a multi-step reaction sequence. The novel compounds were characterized by a combination of elemental anlaysis, H-1 NMR, C-13 NMR, IR, UV-vis and MS spectral data. The influence of metal cations such as Cd2+, Zn2+, Hg2+, Al3+, Fe3+ and Cu2+ on the spectroscopic properties of dinitrile compound L1 and free phthalocyanine H2Pc was investigated by means of absorption spectrophotometry. Spectrophotometric titrations were carried out with these ligands for Cu2+ ion. The complex composition of Cu-L1 was found 1:1 by means of spectrophotometric titration data. The spectrophotometric method showed good sensitivity for Cu2+ with linear range of 2.6 x 10(-6) to 1.3 x 10(-4) M with dinitrile compound.