Received 12 January 2012
In the crystal structure of the binuclear title complex, [Co(N3)2(C12H8N2)]n, each CoII cation is coordinated by two N atoms from one chelating 1,10-phenanthroline ligand and four azide ligands in a slightly distorted octahedral coordination. The two CoII cations of the binuclear complex are related by an inversion centre and are bridged by two symmetry-related azide ligands in both 1,1 and 1,3 modes. The 1,3 bridging mode gives rise to an infinite one-dimensional chain along the a axis, whereas the 1,1 bridging mode is responsible for the formation of the binuclear CoII complex.
Data collection: PROCESS-AUTO (Rigaku, 1998); cell refinement: PROCESS-AUTO; data reduction: PROCESS-AUTO; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: ORTEPIII (Burnett & Johnson, 1996) and PLATON (Spek, 2009); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: VN2030 ).
The authors acknowledge financial support from Tianjin Municipal Education Commission (grant No. 20100502).
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