Received 3 January 2013
The title compound, [ZnCl2(C18H14N4O)], crystallizes with two molecules in the asymmetric unit, which differ in the tautomeric (neutral and zwitterionic) forms of the coordinating organic ligand. In both molecules, the ZnII atom adopts a distorted square-pyramidal geometry by two N and one O atoms of the Schiff base ligand and two Cl atoms acting as monodentate chloride anions. The crystal packing is stabilized by N-HN and N-HCl hydrogen bonds, forming a two-dimensional network parallel to the ac plane.
Data collection: CrystalClear-SM Expert (Rigaku, 2009); cell refinement: CrystalClear-SM Expert; data reduction: CrystalClear-SM Expert; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008) and CRYSTALBUILDER (Welter, 2006); molecular graphics: PLATON (Spek, 2009); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXL97.
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