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Acta Crystallogr Sect E Struct Rep Online. 2010 February 1; 66(Pt 2): o339.
Published online 2010 January 13. doi:  10.1107/S1600536810000504
PMCID: PMC2979742



The mol­ecule of the title compound, C8H8BrClO2, sits on a crystallographic inversion centre, which ensures that the halogen sites are disordered, with exactly 50% Br and 50% Cl at each halogen site. The inversion renders the two meth­oxy groups equivalent. These groups lie almost in the plane of the aromatic ring system, making dihedral angles of 8.8 (4)° to the ring.

Related literature

For the synthesis of PCBs and PCB metabolites using the Suzuki coupling reaction, see: Lehmler & Robertson (2001 [triangle]); Song et al. (2008 [triangle]). For similar structures of halogenated meth­oxy-benzenes, see: Rissanen et al. (1988 [triangle]); Telu et al. (2008 [triangle]) and literature cited therein. For general background about PCBs, see: Hansen (1999 [triangle]); Robertson & Hansen (2001 [triangle]).

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Crystal data

  • C8H8BrClO2
  • M r = 251.50
  • Monoclinic, An external file that holds a picture, illustration, etc.
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  • a = 6.3804 (7) Å
  • b = 8.2586 (10) Å
  • c = 8.6337 (11) Å
  • β = 90.853 (6)°
  • V = 454.89 (9) Å3
  • Z = 2
  • Mo Kα radiation
  • μ = 4.77 mm−1
  • T = 90 K
  • 0.25 × 0.22 × 0.22 mm

Data collection

  • Nonius KappaCCD diffractometer
  • Absorption correction: multi-scan (SADABS; Sheldrick, 1996 [triangle]) T min = 0.310, T max = 0.350
  • 1938 measured reflections
  • 1021 independent reflections
  • 824 reflections with I > 2σ(I)
  • R int = 0.032


  • R[F 2 > 2σ(F 2)] = 0.030
  • wR(F 2) = 0.069
  • S = 1.04
  • 1021 reflections
  • 61 parameters
  • 2 restraints
  • H-atom parameters constrained
  • Δρmax = 0.57 e Å−3
  • Δρmin = −0.49 e Å−3

Data collection: COLLECT (Nonius, 1998 [triangle]); cell refinement: SCALEPACK (Otwinowski & Minor, 1997 [triangle]); data reduction: DENZO-SMN (Otwinowski & Minor, 1997 [triangle]); program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008 [triangle]); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008 [triangle]); molecular graphics: XP in SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008 [triangle]); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELX97 and local procedures.

Supplementary Material

Crystal structure: contains datablocks I, global. DOI: 10.1107/S1600536810000504/si2231sup1.cif

Structure factors: contains datablocks I. DOI: 10.1107/S1600536810000504/si2231Isup2.hkl

Additional supplementary materials: crystallographic information; 3D view; checkCIF report


This research was supported by grants ES05605, ES012475, ES013661 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, (HJL) and SWUB2008077 from the Science Foundation of Southwest University, China (YS).

supplementary crystallographic information


The title compound is a precursor for the synthesis of hydroxylated metabolites of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) (Lehmler & Robertson, 2001; Song et al., 2008), a class of abundant, persistent organic pollutants in the global ecosystem (Hansen, 1999; Robertson & Hansen, 2001). The molecule of the title compound sits on a crystallographic inversion centre, which ensures that the Br/Cl sites are disordered exactly 50:50 in very nearly the same position. Furthermore, the inversion renders the two methoxy groups equivalent. The chlorine, bromine and the two methoxy groups essentially lie within the plane of the benzene ring, with the dihedral angles between the plane of the benzene ring (C1 through C3 and C1A through C3A) and the methoxy group being 8.8 (4)° (for both methoxy groups). This is comparable to the solid state conformation of the methoxy group of other methoxybenzenes with none or only one ortho substituent (Rissanen et al., 1988). Overall, these structural characteristics make the title compound a perfect precurusor for the synthesis of PCB derivatives using the Suzuki coupling reaction (Song et al., 2008).


The title compound was synthesized by chlorination of 1-bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-benzene with HCl/H2O2 as chlorination reagent as described previously (Song et al., 2008). Crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction were grown by slow evaporation of a saturated solution of the title compound in CHCl3.


H atoms were found in difference Fourier maps and subsequently placed in idealized positions with constrained C—H distances of 0.98 Å (CMeH) and 0.95 Å (CArH) with Uiso(H) values set to either 1.5Ueq or 1.2Ueq of the attached C atom respectively. For the disordered halogen sites, the distances were refined subject to a condition whereby the C—Cl distance was restrained (using DFIX in SHELXL97) to be 0.916 times the C—Br length (International Tables, vol C). The halogen displacement parameters were constrained to be equal (EADP in SHELXL97).


Fig. 1.
View of the title compound showing the atom-labelling scheme. Displacement ellipsoids are drawn at the 50% probability level. Atoms labelled A are inversion related, symmetry code A: 1 - x, 1 - y, 1 - z. The disordered atoms ClB and BrB have been omitted ...

Crystal data

C8H8BrClO2F(000) = 248
Mr = 251.50Dx = 1.836 Mg m3
Monoclinic, P21/nMo Kα radiation, λ = 0.71073 Å
Hall symbol: -P 2ynCell parameters from 1051 reflections
a = 6.3804 (7) Åθ = 1.0–27.5°
b = 8.2586 (10) ŵ = 4.77 mm1
c = 8.6337 (11) ÅT = 90 K
β = 90.853 (6)°Block, colourless
V = 454.89 (9) Å30.25 × 0.22 × 0.22 mm
Z = 2

Data collection

Nonius KappaCCD diffractometer1021 independent reflections
Radiation source: fine-focus sealed tube824 reflections with I > 2σ(I)
graphiteRint = 0.032
Detector resolution: 18 pixels mm-1θmax = 27.3°, θmin = 3.4°
ω scans at fixed χ = 55°h = −8→8
Absorption correction: multi-scan (SADABS; Sheldrick, 1996)k = −10→10
Tmin = 0.310, Tmax = 0.350l = −11→11
1938 measured reflections


Refinement on F2Secondary atom site location: difference Fourier map
Least-squares matrix: fullHydrogen site location: inferred from neighbouring sites
R[F2 > 2σ(F2)] = 0.030H-atom parameters constrained
wR(F2) = 0.069w = 1/[σ2(Fo2) + (0.0274P)2 + 0.2316P] where P = (Fo2 + 2Fc2)/3
S = 1.04(Δ/σ)max = 0.001
1021 reflectionsΔρmax = 0.57 e Å3
61 parametersΔρmin = −0.49 e Å3
2 restraintsExtinction correction: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008), Fc*=kFc[1+0.001xFc2λ3/sin(2θ)]-1/4
Primary atom site location: structure-invariant direct methodsExtinction coefficient: 0.010 (2)

Special details

Experimental. The crystals were of surprisingly poor quality, with diffraction spots around 3° wide. Nevertheless, because the cell is quite small there were no problems with reflection overlap.
Geometry. All e.s.d.'s (except the e.s.d. in the dihedral angle between two l.s. planes) are estimated using the full covariance matrix. The cell e.s.d.'s are taken into account individually in the estimation of e.s.d.'s in distances, angles and torsion angles; correlations between e.s.d.'s in cell parameters are only used when they are defined by crystal symmetry. An approximate (isotropic) treatment of cell e.s.d.'s is used for estimating e.s.d.'s involving l.s. planes.
Refinement. Refinement of F2 against ALL reflections. The weighted R-factor wR and goodness of fit S are based on F2, conventional R-factors R are based on F, with F set to zero for negative F2. The threshold expression of F2 > 2σ(F2) is used only for calculating R-factors(gt) etc. and is not relevant to the choice of reflections for refinement. R-factors based on F2 are statistically about twice as large as those based on F, and R- factors based on ALL data will be even larger.The structure straddles an inversion centre but the molecule itself does not possess inversion point symmetry, thus it is forced to be disordered in the crystal. This disorder places Cl and Br atoms at 50% occupancy in essentially the same position. For refinement, the C—Cl distance was restrained to be 0.916 times that of the C—Br distance. The ratio used was taken from the International Tables volume C. Further, anisotropic displacement parameters for the Br and Cl atoms were made equal.

Fractional atomic coordinates and isotropic or equivalent isotropic displacement parameters (Å2)

xyzUiso*/UeqOcc. (<1)
Br10.7756 (12)0.2627 (9)0.7207 (9)0.0235 (3)0.50
Cl10.760 (3)0.271 (2)0.711 (2)0.0235 (3)0.50
O10.6036 (3)0.5566 (2)0.19443 (19)0.0247 (4)
C10.6144 (4)0.3987 (3)0.5927 (3)0.0212 (6)
C20.6749 (4)0.4217 (3)0.4409 (3)0.0213 (6)
C30.5597 (4)0.5244 (3)0.3457 (3)0.0208 (6)
C40.7634 (4)0.4604 (3)0.1242 (3)0.0281 (6)

Atomic displacement parameters (Å2)

Br10.0261 (12)0.0218 (8)0.0226 (10)0.0081 (6)−0.0047 (6)0.0023 (5)
Cl10.0261 (12)0.0218 (8)0.0226 (10)0.0081 (6)−0.0047 (6)0.0023 (5)
O10.0299 (11)0.0221 (10)0.0222 (10)0.0029 (8)0.0045 (8)0.0016 (7)
C10.0221 (14)0.0181 (13)0.0232 (14)−0.0004 (10)−0.0038 (10)−0.0013 (10)
C20.0214 (14)0.0165 (13)0.0259 (14)0.0000 (10)0.0005 (10)−0.0043 (10)
C30.0230 (14)0.0162 (12)0.0232 (13)−0.0037 (10)0.0012 (10)−0.0016 (10)
C40.0278 (16)0.0314 (15)0.0254 (15)0.0043 (12)0.0069 (12)−0.0011 (12)

Geometric parameters (Å, °)

Br1—C11.872 (4)C2—C31.385 (3)
Cl1—C11.727 (9)C2—H20.9500
O1—C31.366 (3)C3—C1i1.392 (3)
O1—C41.434 (3)C4—H4A0.9800
C1—C21.385 (3)C4—H4B0.9800
C1—C3i1.392 (3)C4—H4C0.9800
C3—O1—C4116.95 (19)O1—C3—C2124.9 (2)
C2—C1—C3i122.3 (2)O1—C3—C1i116.9 (2)
C2—C1—Cl1119.2 (8)C2—C3—C1i118.2 (2)
C3i—C1—Cl1118.5 (8)O1—C4—H4A109.5
C2—C1—Br1118.8 (3)O1—C4—H4B109.5
C3i—C1—Br1118.9 (3)H4A—C4—H4B109.5
C3—C2—C1119.5 (2)O1—C4—H4C109.5
C3i—C1—C2—C30.1 (4)C4—O1—C3—C1i−171.2 (2)
Cl1—C1—C2—C3−179.7 (8)C1—C2—C3—O1−180.0 (2)
Br1—C1—C2—C3−178.7 (3)C1—C2—C3—C1i−0.1 (4)
C4—O1—C3—C28.7 (4)

Symmetry codes: (i) −x+1, −y+1, −z+1.


Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: SI2231).


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