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The title compound, (meso-5,10,15,20-tetra-p-tolyl­porphyrinato-N,N′,N′′,N′′′)zinc(II), [Zn(C48H36N4)], displays a high tendency to form complexes and clathrates with other components from various environments, and is a useful building block for the construction of heteromolecular solids. Modes of its intermolecular assembly in the pure compound and in its clathrate with m-chlorotoluene, [Zn(C48H36N4)].C7H7Cl, have been characterized by X-ray crystal structure analysis. The clathrate appears to be stabilized by π-π stacking and cooperative C-H...π interactions between the tolyl substituents and contains large interporphyrin channels extending throughout the crystal.

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CCDC references: 127116; 127117

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