A tetranitrile monomer was synthesized by nucleophilic aromatic substitution of pyridine-2,6-diyldimethanol onto 4-nitrophthalonitrile. A metal-free phthalocyanine polymer was prepared by the reaction of a tetranitrile monomer with 4,4'-[pyridine-2,6-diylbis(methyleneoxy)]diphthalonitrile in DMAE. Ni(II), Co(II), Cu(I)-phthalocyanine polymers were prepared by reaction of the tetranitrile compound with the chlorides of Ni(II), Co(II) and Cu(I) in DMAE. The Zn(II)-phthalocyanine polymer was prepared by reaction of the tetranitrile compound with the acetates of Zn(II) in DMAE. The new compounds were characterized by a combination of IR, H-1 NMR, C-13 NMR, UV-vis, elemental analysis and MS spectral data. @ 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.