Novel, metal-free and metallo(Cu, Co, Ni, Zn, Pb and Mn)phthalocyanine compounds were synthesized by exposure to microwave irradiation and the products purified. The newly prepared compounds were characterized using elemental analyses, IR, H-1/C-13 NMR, H-1-H-1 COSY measurements, MS, UV-vis spectroscopy and DTA/TG analysis. The electronic spectra exhibited an intense pi -> pi* transition with characteristic Q and B bands of the phthalocyanine core, as expected. All decomposition products obtained from DTA/TG analysis were identified: it was found that the thermal stability of each phthalocyanine compound followed the order: MnPc < Metal-free < ZnPc < PbPc < CuPc < CoPc < NiPc. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.