Received 11 June 2013
The whole molecule of the title compound, [NiCl2(C3H4N2)2(NH3)2], is generated by inversion symmetry. The NiII ion, which is located on an inversion center, has a distorted octahedral coordination environment and is surrounded by two ammine N atoms and two Cl atoms in the equatorial plane, with two N atoms of two imidazole groups occupying the axial positions. The imidazole ring makes a dihedral angle of 81.78 (18)° with the Ni/N/Cl equatorial plane. In the crystal, molecules are linked via N-HCl hydrogen bonds and C-H interactions, forming a three-dimensional network.
Data collection: CrysAlis CCD (Oxford Diffraction, 2009); cell refinement: CrysAlis CCD; data reduction: CrysAlis RED (Oxford Diffraction, 2009); program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: ORTEP-3 for Windows (Farrugia, 2012) and PLATON (Spek, 2009); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXL97 and PLATON (Spek, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: SU2612 ).
ASP and PSK are grateful to the Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry University, for the single-crystal XRD instrumentation facility. KA thanks the CSIR, New Delhi (Lr: No. 01 (2570)/12/EMR-II/3.4.2012) for financial support through a major research project.
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