Received 8 July 2013
The title compound, C15H15N, represents an E isomer. The molecule exhibits a minor [9.1 (2)%] disorder with methylbenzylidene and benzyl groups interchanging their positions. The C=N bond length is 1.292 (2) Å. The molecular geometry is essentially planar, with the maximal twist of 8.5 (3)° for the benzyl group. The herringbone packing arrangement does not exhibit any -stacking interactions.
For information on the synthesis of (E)-benzyl(1-phenylethylidene)amine, see: Guthrie et al. (1973); Willoughby & Buchwald (1994). For the crystal structures of similar imines, see: Bruno et al. (2012); Filarowski et al. (1999); Liu et al. (1997).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2007); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2007); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXTL, OLEX2 (Dolomanov, et al., 2009) and Mercury (Macrae et al., 2006).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: LD2110 ).
This work was supported by Vassar College. X-ray facilities were provided by the US National Science Foundation (grant No. 0521237 to JMT).
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