Received 19 May 2008
The title dinuclear nickel(II) complex, [Ni2Cl4(C11H10N2O)2], lies on a centre of symmetry located at the centroid of the four-membered ring formed by the two Ni atoms and the bridging chloride ions. The NiII atom is five-coordinated in a square-pyramidal geometry by the imine and pyridine N atoms of the Schiff base ligand, and by one terminal and two bridging Cl atoms. The NiNi distance is 3.506 (2) Å. The O atom of the furan substituent in the ligand unit is not involved in coordination to the Ni atom.
Data collection: SMART (Bruker, 1998); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 1998); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXTL.
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: SJ2503 ).
The authors appreciate the generous financial support of this work by the Chinese Funds for the Zhicheng Project (2006BAC02A11) and the Wuhan Yindao project (20066009138-07).
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