Product Number: T618; CAS Number: 16834-13-2

T618 Technical Data Sheet




meso-Tetra(4-pyridyl)porphine 5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)-21H,23H-porphine CAS: 16834-13-2 MDL: MFCD00009626


Molecular weight: 618.7  g/mol

Molecular Formula: C40H26N8

CAS Number:  16834-13-2

Storage: Store at room temperature, protect from light

Synonyms:   5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)-21H,23H-porphine, 5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin, meso-Tetra(4-pyridyl)porphine, CHEMBL4084530, ACMC-209dy0,, tetrakis(4-pyridyl)porphyrin, meso-Tetra-4-pyridylporphine, SCHEMBL245937

Fields of Interest: Photodynamic Therapy, MOFs, Nano Assemblies, Photophysics, Sensors 

Background: Meso tetra(4-pyridyl)porphine is a synthetic porphyrin specialty chemical manufactured by Frontier Specialty Chemicals.  Meso tetra(4-pyridyl)porphine is useful for the construction of supramolecular complexes, MOFs, coordination polymers , thin films and sensors.

Selected References

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9.)Hagrman D, Hagrman PJ, Zubieta J. 1999. Solid-state coordination chemistry: the self-assembly of microporous organic-inorganic hybrid frameworks constructed from tetrapyridylporphyrin and bimetallic oxide chains or oxide clusters. Chem., Int. Ed. 38:3165-8

10.) Ishii H, Seki K. 1997. Energy level alignment at organic/metal interfaces studied by UV photoemission: breakdown of traditional assumption of a common vacuum level at the interface. IEEE Trans. Electron Devices 44:1295-301

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12.) Liu K, Liu Y, Yao Y, Yuan H, Wang S, et al. 2013. Supramolecular Photosensitizers with Enhanced Antibacterial Efficiency. Chem., Int. Ed. 52:8285-9

13.) Sari MA, Battioni JP, Dupre D, Mansuy D, Le Pecq JB. 1990. Interaction of cationic porphyrins with DNA: importance of the number and position of the charges and minimum structural requirements for intercalation. Biochemistry 29:4205-15

14.) Schmitt F, Govindaswamy P, Suess-Fink G, Ang WH, Dyson PJ, et al. 2008. Ruthenium Porphyrin Compounds for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer. Med. Chem. 51:1811-6

15.) Sharma CVK, Broker GA, Huddleston JG, Baldwin JW, Metzger RM, Rogers RD. 1999. Design Strategies for Solid-State Supramolecular Arrays Containing Both Mixed-Metalated and Freebase Porphyrins. Am. Chem. Soc. 121:1137-44

16.) Shi D-F, Wheelhouse RT, Sun D, Hurley LH. 2001. Quadruplex-Interactive Agents as Telomerase Inhibitors: Synthesis of Porphyrins and Structure-Activity Relationship for the Inhibition of Telomerase. Med. Chem. 44:4509-23

17.) Slone RV, Hupp JT. 1997. Synthesis, Characterization, and Preliminary Host-Guest Binding Studies of Porphyrinic Molecular Squares Featuring fac-Tricarbonylrhenium(I) Chloro Corners. Chem. 36:5422-3

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21.) Muthukumar, et al. Highly sensitive detection of HCl gas using a thin film of meso-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin coated glass slide by optochemical methodSensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Volume 159, Issue 1, 28 November 2011, Pages 238-244.



Functional Groups

Porphyrin Family

A4 Porphyrins, Free Base Porphyrins, Tetra-Phenyl Porphine Derivatives

Porphyrin Substitution

Meso-Substituted Porphyrins, Phenyl Substituted Porphyrins, Pyridyl Substituted Porphyrins

Purity %


Molecular Formula


Molecular Weight



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