Ligand Substitution Effect on Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Nickel Porphyrazines Academic Article uri icon


  • Self-consistent density functional calculations have been performed on a variety of planar conjugated Ni-centered macrocycles with a basic porphyrazine (tetraazaporphyrin) core and peripheral dithiolene groups (PZ) or fusedbenzo groups (PC). Theoretical energy level diagrams, charge distributions, and densities of states have been obtained in order to understand the electronic structure modifications due to peripheral ligand substitution. The substituents role in altering electronic properties and charge distribution of the porphyrazine macrocycles has been used to interpret the observed variations in optical absorption profiles. In the Q-band (∼680 nm) region, a single peak is seen for high symmetry (D4h) macrocycles and a double peak for lower symmetry (D2hand C2v) systems. Calculated intensities and band splittings are compared in detail with qualitative molecular orbital models and experiment in the visible and UV regions. Predictions are made for the infrared absorption and semiconducting band gap.

author list (cited authors)

  • Guo, L., Ellis, D. E., Hoffman, B. M., & Ishikawa, Y.

citation count

  • 36

publication date

  • January 1996