Received 3 December 2012
The aromatic rings in the title compound, C13H8ClNO4, enclose a dihedral angle of 39.53 (3)°. The nitro group is almost coplanar with the ring to which it is attached [dihedral angle = 4.31 (1)°]. In the crystal, molecules are connected by C-HO hydrogen bonds into chains running along .
For the use of 4-nitrophenyl-2-chlorobenzoate as a starting material for the synthesis of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs, see: Selvakumar et al. (2002); Jefford & Zaslona (1985). For a similar hydrogen-bonding pattern in a related structure, see: Akhter et al. (2012).
Data collection: X-AREA (Stoe & Cie, 2001); cell refinement: X-AREA; data reduction: X-AREA; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: XP in SHELXTL-Plus (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: FF2092 ).
The authors acknowledge the Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, for providing necessary research facilities.
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