Date Published: May 01, 2009
Publisher: International Union of Crystallography
Author(s): Hongjuan Li, Jufeng Sun, Xianping Dai.
In the title compound, [NiCl2(C10H10N2)4], the NiII ion is located on an inversion center being coordinated by four N atoms from two pairs of symmetry-related 1-benzyl-1H-imidazole ligands and two chloride anions in a distorted octahedral geometry. Weak intermolecular C—H⋯Cl hydrogen bonds link the molecules into layers parallel to the ab plane.
For general background to crystal engineering, see: Balamurugan et al. (2004 ▶); Desiraju (2007 ▶); Moulton & Zaworotko (2001 ▶). For applications of imidazole derivatives, see Lu et al. (2006 ▶); Huang et al. (2006 ▶). For details of the synthesis, see Owen et al. (2006 ▶).