Research Article: (1H-Benzimidazol-1-yl)methanol

Date Published: March 01, 2012

Publisher: International Union of Crystallography

Author(s): Augusto Rivera, Mauricio Maldonado, Jaime Ríos-Motta, Karla Fejfarová, Michal Dušek.


In the title compound, C8H8N2O, the N—CH2 and CH2—O bond lengths can be correlated to the manifestation of an anomeric effect in the N—CH2—O moiety. In the crystal, inter­molecular O—H⋯N hydrogen bonds link the mol­ecules into zigzag chains, with graph-set motif C(6), parallel to [001]. These chains are further linked into sheets by weak nonclassical C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds.

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For a related structure, see: Shi et al. (2011 ▶). For bond-length data, see: Allen et al. (1987 ▶). For chemical background on the synthesis and uses of the title compound, see: Milata et al. (2001 ▶). For graph-set analysis, see: Bernstein et al. (1995 ▶).