Received 26 October 2012
In the title compound, [Ni(C9H7N2O2)2(C2H5OH)2], the NiII ion is situated on an inversion center and is coordinated by two N and two O atoms from two 2-(1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)acetate (L) ligands and by two O atoms from two ethanol ligands in a distorted octahedral geometry. In the L ligand, the acetate group deviates significantly from the benzimidazole plane, the C-C-C-O(coordinating) torsion angle being 34.2 (5)°. In the crystal, O-HO and N-HO hydrogen bonds link the molecules into a two-dimensional supramolecular network parallel to the bc plane.
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2004); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2004); data reduction: SAINT; 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: SHELXL97.
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: CV5355 ).
The authors gratefully acknowledge the Science and Technology Research Project of Zhongshan City (grant No. 20114 A256).
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