Received 19 October 2012
The title compound, [Ni(C11H16O2PS2)2], is a neutral four-coordinate mononuclear complex with a square-planar geometry. The complex lies on an inversion center. The metal atom is surrounded by two chelating isobidentate O-propan-2-yl (4-ethoxyphenyl)dithiophosphonate ligands in a trans configuration binding through the S-donor atoms. The Ni-S bond lengths are 2.2328 (5) and 2.2369 (5) Å, an insignificant difference to be considered anisobidentate. The NiP separation is 2.8224 (5) Å and the S-P bond lengths are 2.0035 (7) and 2.0053 (7) Å. The S-Ni-S (chelating) and S-Ni-S (trans) bond angles are 88.321 (18) and 180°. The Ni-S-P bond angles are 83.26 (2) and 83.33 (2)°, indicating a very minor distortion from ideal square-planar geometry for the Ni atom. The P atom, however, is distorted quite significantly from an ideal tetrahedral geometry, as reflected by the S-P-S and O-P-C bond angles of 101.93 (3) and 100.70 (7)°, respectively.
For information on dithiophosphonate compounds, see: Van Zyl & Fackler (2000); Van Zyl (2010). For examples of nickel(II) dithiophosphonate complexes, see: Liu et al. (2004); Gray et al. (2004); Aragoni et al. (2007); Arca et al. (1997); Malatesta & Pizzotti (1945); Hartung (1967).
Data collection: COLLECT (Nonius, 2000); cell refinement: DENZO-SMN (Otwinowski & Minor, 1997); data reduction: DENZO-SMN; 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: SHELXL97.
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: BH2460 ).
The authors thank the National Research Foundation (NRF) and UKZN for financial support.
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