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Acta Cryst. (2013). E69, o1104  [ doi:10.1107/S1600536813015973 ]


A. H. Haines and D. L. Hughes

Abstract: The title compound, C7H8N2O2, formed by dehydration of the corresponding dicarboxamide, crystallizes as rectangular prisms. The molecules have a C2 axis of symmetry through the C atom bearing the methyl groups and the mid-point of the ring C-C bond, and the 1,3-dioxolane ring adopts the extreme twist conformation of the two possible with this symmetry. This brings the two nitrile groups nearest to a linear arrangement when the molecule is viewed along the ring C-C bond. The correct absolute configuration of the molecule was defined by that of the original starting material, (2R,3R)-tartaric acid. The packing is largely controlled by a number of C-H...N interactions.

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