Received 15 September 2012
In the structure of the title compound [systematic name: 1-(naphthalen-2-yl)ethanone], C12H10O, the acetyl group is approximately coplanar with the naphthalene ring with a Car-Car-C=O torsion angle of 5.8 (2)°. In the crystal, the molecules are packed in a classic herringbone arrangement typical for aromatic polycycles such as pentacene. They are also linked by weak end-to-end C-HO interactions along the ac diagonal.
For synthesis details, see: Bassilios & Salem (1952). For related structures, see: Kemperman et al. (2000); Mattheus et al. (2001); Miyake et al. (1998). For a description of the Cambridge Structural Database, see: Allen (2002).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2008); cell refinement: SAINT-Plus (Bruker, 2008); data reduction: SAINT-Plus; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: Mercury (Macrae et al., 2008); software used to prepare material for publication: publCIF (Westrip, 2010).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: HG5250 ).
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is gratefully acknowledged for a Discovery Grant. The diffractometer was purchased with the help of NSERC and the University of Lethbridge.
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