Received 25 June 2011
aX-ray Crystallography Unit, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia,bDepartment of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore 575 025, India, and cSchulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel
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The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C7H7BrN2O, contains two molecules, in one of which the methyl H atoms are disorderd over two orientations in a 0.57 (3):0.43 (3) ratio. The dihedral angles between the pyridine rings and the acetamide groups are 7.27 (11) and 8.46 (11)°. In the crystal, molecules are linked by N-HO and C-HO hydrogen bonds generating bifurcated R21(5) ring motifs, which in turn lead to  chains.
For background to the acetylation of amines, see: Greene & Wuts (1999); Moore et al. (1940); Suyama & Gerwick (2006). For a related structure, see: Loureiro et al. (2008). For further synthetic information, see: Augustine et al. (2011); Sollogoub et al. (2002).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2009); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2009); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXTL; molecular graphics: SHELXTL; software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXTL and PLATON (Spek, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: HB5933 ).
HKF and TSH thank Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the Research University Grant (1001/PFIZIK/811160). TSH also thanks USM for the award of a research fellowship. AMI thanks Professor Sandeep Sanchethi, Director, National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, India, for his encouragement, and also the Defence Research and Development Organization, Government of India, for financial support.
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