Received 30 November 2012
In the title molecule, C20H16O2, the dihedral angle between the phenyl rings of the diphenylmethyl group is 68.3 (2)°. The benzoate group is essentially planar, with a maximum deviation of 0.017 (2) Å for the carbonyl O atom, and the two phenyl rings are twisted by 27.5 (4) and 85.6 (9)° from this plane. In the crystal, weak C-HO hydrogen bonds link molecules along .
Data collection: CrysAlis PRO (Agilent, 2012); cell refinement: CrysAlis PRO; data reduction: CrysAlis RED (Agilent, 2012); 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: SHELXTL.
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: LH5566 ).
MK thanks the UOM for research facilities. JPJ acknowledges the NSF-MRI program (grant No. CHE-1039027) for funds to purchase the X-ray diffractometer.
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