Received 5 March 2013
The title compound, C8H8Cl2, used in the synthesis of many pharmaceutical intermediates, forms a three-dimensional network through chlorine-chlorine interactions in the solid-state that measure 3.513 (1) and 3.768 (3) Å.
For background information on the applications of halogenated xylenes, see: Ito & Tada (2009); Zordan & Brammer (2006). For related structures, see: Castaner et al. (1991). For halogen-halogen interactions, see: Hathwar et al. (2010). For additional information on how the space group of the structure was solved, see Spek (2009).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2011); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2011); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: CrystalMaker (CrystalMaker Software, 2009); software used to prepare material for publication: enCIFer (Allen et al. 2004).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: MW2106 ).
The authors gratefully acknowledge The College of New Jersey's School of Science for research funding and the National Science Foundation for major research instrumentation grant (NSF-0922931) for diffractometer acquisition.
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