• Chromophores;
  • Light harvesting;
  • Molecular materials;
  • Polymeric materials;
  • Porphyrins;
  • Self-assembly;
  • Supramolecular assembly


Porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and perylenes are compounds with great potential for serving as components of molecular materials that possess unique electronic, magnetic and photophysical properties. In general, a highly specific communication between a large number of these chromophores is required in order to express their function to a maximal level, and for this reason it is of importance to construct arrays in which the molecules are organized in well-defined geometries with respect to their neighbors. This review is an account of some recent efforts to construct highly ordered assemblies of porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and perylenes by means of self-assembly in solution and on surfaces, and by attaching them to polymeric scaffolds.