The nonlinear absorption and optical limiting (OL) performance of a supramolecular hexa-phthalocyaninato-hexazinc (II) with hexylthio substituents in solution and in the solid-state have been described using the open-aperture Z-scan technique. The measurements were performed using collimated 4 ns pulses generated from a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm wavelength. The results indicated that OL performance of the investigated compound in the polymeric film is much better compared to properties in solution. With the excellent combination of OL parameters the investigated compound in the solid-state is a candidate for the use as optical limiter. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.