Received 15 July 2008
A new orthorhombic polymorph of terephthalaldehyde, C8H6O2, with a melting point of 372 K, has been obtained by recrystallization from ethanol. At room temperature, the crystals transform into the well known monoclinic form, with a melting point of 389 K. The crystal structure of the monoclinic form involves C-HO hydrogen bonds, but no such bonds are observed in the orthorhombic form. The molecule is planar.
Data collection: SMART (Bruker, 2001); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2001); 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: BQ2093 ).
This study was financially supported by a Key Project (No. Z2006zd02) of Huangshi Institute of Technology. The authors thank Dr Xiang-Gao Meng for the crystallographic data collection.