Received 20 January 2009
Compared to the previous studies [Ng (1997). Acta Cryst. C53, 56-58; Yin et al. (2005). Huaxue Shiji, 27, 295-296], the redetermined structure of the title compound, [Sn(C7H7)3Cl], exhibits a doubled c unit-cell parameter. There are two molecules in the asymmetric unit, with both Sn and both Cl atoms having 3 site symmetry. The Sn atoms have distorted SnClC3 tetrahedral geometries and the molecules interact by way of short SnCl bridges [SnCl = 3.418 (2) and 3.475 (2) Å], thereby forming chains propagating in c.
For the room-temperature structure of the title compound described in the R3 space group but with the unique c axis half as long, see: Ng (1997); Yin et al. (2005). For the direct synthesis of the title compound from metallic tin and benzyl chloride, see: Sisido et al. (1961).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2007); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2007); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: X-SEED (Barbour, 2001); software used to prepare material for publication: publCIF (Westrip, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: HB2901 ).
The author thanks the University of Malaya for supporting this study.
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