A novel ternary Laves phase Mg2Ir2.3Ge1.7 was synthesized in this study. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments confirmed a Mg2Cu3Si-type structure (P63=mmc, D46h, No. 194). The structure comprises a Mg hexagonal diamond, an Ir=Ge breathing Kagome network, and a Ge triangular networks; it is thus classified as a partially ordered Laves phase that is neither ordered nor disordered. This is in contrast to the isoelectronic Mg2Ir3Si with a fully ordered Laves phase structure. Magnetization and resistivity measurements show that bulk superconductivity occurs at 5.3 K in Mg2Ir2.3Ge1.7. The partially ordered phase is important because it forms a link between the disordered and ordered Laves phases. Moreover, our findings would provide an opportunity to study the effects of disorder on the breathing Kagome network.
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