Date Published: June 01, 2011
Publisher: International Union of Crystallography
Author(s): Zhu-Nian Jin, Hong Lin.
The title compound, [Cu2(C2O4)2(C3H4N2)2]n, was obtained as an unexpected product under hydrothermal conditions. The CuII atom is in a Jahn–Teller-distorted octahedral environment formed by one imidazole N atom and five O atoms from three oxalate anions. The two independent oxalate anions are situated on centres of inversion and coordinate to the CuII atom in two different modes, viz. bidentate and monodentate. The bidentate anions bridge two CuII atoms, whereas the monodentate anions bridge four CuII atoms, leading to a layered arrangement parallel to (100). These layers are further linked into a final three-dimensional network structure via intermolecular N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The title compound is isotypic with the Zn analogue.
For background to oxalates, see: Ghosh et al. (2004 ▶); Ye & Lin (2010 ▶). For the isotypic Zn analogue, see: Lu et al. (2005 ▶).