Received 29 March 2008
In the molecule of the title compound, C14H10N2, the two aromatic rings are oriented at a dihedral angle of 32.22 (6)°. In the crystal structure, intermolecular C-HN hydrogen bonds link the molecules into centrosymmetric R22(10) dimers. A weak - interaction between the cyanobenzene rings, with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.8447 (3) Å, further stabilizes the crystal structure. There is also a C-H interaction between the aniline ring and a CH group of the cyanobenzene ring.
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2007); cell refinement: APEX2; data reduction: SAINT (Bruker, 2007); program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: ORTEP-3 for Windows (Farrugia, 1997) and PLATON (Spek, 2003); software used to prepare material for publication: WinGX (Farrugia, 1999) and PLATON.
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: HK2445 ).
The authors acknowledge the Higher Education Commision, Islamabad, Pakistan, for funding the purchase of the diffractometer.
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