It Runs in the BaAl4Family: Relating the Structure and Properties of Middle Child Ln2Co3Ge5(Ln = Pr, Nd, and Sm) to its Siblings LnCo2Ge2and LnCoGe3

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The BaAl4 prototype structure and its derivatives have been identified to host several topological quantum materials and noncentrosymmetric superconductors. Single crystals up to ∼3 mm × 3 mm × 5 mm of Ln2Co3Ge5 (Ln = Pr, Nd, and Sm) are obtained via flux growth utilizing Sn as metallic flux. The crystal structure is isostructural to the Lu2Co3Si5 structure type in the crystallographic space group C2/c. The temperature-dependent magnetization indicates magnetic ordering at 30 K for all three compounds. Pr2Co3Ge5 and Nd2Co3Ge5 exhibit complex magnetic behavior with spin reorientations before ordering antiferromagnetically around 6 K, whereas Sm2Co3Ge5 shows a clear antiferromagnetic behavior at 26 K. The structures and properties of Ln2Co3Ge5 (Ln = Pr, Nd, and Sm) are compared to those of the ThCr2Si2 and BaNiSn3 structure types. Herein, we present the optimized crystal growth, structure, and physical properties of Ln2Co3Ge5 (Ln = Pr, Nd, and Sm).

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Inorganic Chemistry

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