We report on the hitherto unknown compound CeZn2−δGe2 (δ ≈ 0.41). We find that this compound crystallizes in a defect version of the well-known CaBe2Ge2 structure type. The phase forms in a Zn/In flux and with Zn deficiency on one of its crystallographic sites. We find that the compound displays uncommon localized Ce-based (4f1) ferromagnetism with a Tc of 6.6 K, a large positive magnetoresistance reaching an MR of approximately 32% below 10 K, and strongly correlated electrons, as evidenced by a Kadowaki–Woods ratio A/γ2 close to those of known heavy fermion compounds. The here discovered material is therefore a promising model platform for the investigation of these entangled interacting and potentially competing electronic states paired with complex crystal chemistry.
Robin Lefèvre and Fabian O. von Rohr
Chem. Mater. 2022