Received 15 November 2012
In the title compound, [Cu2Cl4(C12H8N2O4)2]·4C3H7NO, which contains a chloride-bridged centrosymmetric CuII dimer, the CuII atom is in a distorted square-pyramidal 4 + 1 coordination geometry defined by the N atoms of the chelating 2,2'-bipyridine ligand, a terminal chloride and two bridging chloride ligands. Of the two independent dimethylformamide molecules, one is hydrogen bonded to a single -COOH group, while one links two adjacent -COOH groups via a strong accepted O-HO and a weak donated C(O)-HO hydrogen bond. Two of these last molecules and the two -COOH groups form a centrosymmetric hydrogen-bonded ring in which the CH=O and the -COOH groups by disorder adopt two alternate orientations in a 0.44:0.56 ratio. These hydrogen bonds link the CuII complex molecules and the dimethylformamide solvent molecules into infinite chains along [-111]. Slipped - stacking interactions between two centrosymmetric pyridine rings (centroid-centroid distance = 3.63 Å) contribute to the coherence of the structure along [0-11].
For related structures with similar coordination geometry around the copper atoms, see: Goddard et al. (1990); Tynan et al. (2005); Han et al. (2008); Liu et al. (2009); Qi et al. (2009). For other related structures of chloro bipyridine copper complexes, see: Wang et al. (2004); Zhao et al. (2010).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2005); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2005); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: DIAMOND (Brandenburg, 2006) and Materials Studio (Accelrys, 2010); software used to prepare material for publication: publCIF (Westrip, 2010).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: QK2049 ).
This work is part of the inGAP and CLIMIT, which receive financial support from the Norwegian Research Council under contract Nos. 174893 and 215735, respectively.
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