Received 19 November 2011
aLeiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, PO Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands,bDepartment of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, PO Box 2455 Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and cUniversity of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, FIN-00014 Helsinki, Finland
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In the title compound, [Zn(C4H6N2)4](BF4)2, the ZnII ion is in a slightly distorted tetrahedral coordination geometry, with Zn-N distances in the range 1.980 (2)-1.991 (2) Å. The tetrahedral angles are in the range 104.93 (9)-118.81 (9)°.
For related structures, see: Chen et al. (1996). For the synthesis and properties of the title compound, see: Reedijk (1969). The crystal was mounted using the oil-drop method, see: Kottke & Stalke (1993).
Data collection: COLLECT (Nonius, 2002); cell refinement: DIRAX (Duisenberg, 1992); data reduction: COLLECT/EVAL (Nonius, 2002); 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: BV2196 ).
The authors are indebted to several generations of BSc, MSc and PhD students who have tried to reproduce the compound and to grow crystals of diffraction quality.
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