The main purpose of this work is to investigate the diffusion-thermo effects on unsteady combined convection magneto-hydromagnetic boundary layer flow of viscous electrically conducting and chemically reacting fluid over a vertical permeable radiated plate embedded in a highly porous medium. The slip flow regime is applied at the porous interface a uniform magnetic field is applied normal to the fluid flow direction which absorbs the fluid with suction that varies with time. The dimensionless governing equations are solved analytically using two terms harmonic and non-harmonic functions. The expressions for the fields of velocity, temperature and concentration are obtained. For engineering interest we also calculated the physical quantities the skin friction coefficient, Nusselt and Sherwood number are derived. The effects of various physical parameters on the flow quantities are studied through graphs and tables. For the validity, we have checked our results with previously published work and found good agreement with already existing studies. © 2017 Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.