Four new alunite-type chromates, KSc3(CrO4)2(OH)6, KIn3(CrO4)2(OH)6, RbIn3(CrO4)2(OH)6, and AgIn3(CrO4)2(OH)6, have been prepared by mild hydrothermal synthesis at T = 220 °C as well-developed, thick tabular to pseudo-octahedral crystals with maximum dimensions between approximately 0.5 and 1 mm. The crystal structures were refined from single-crystal intensity data (MoKα X-radiation, CCD area detector, 293 K, 2θmax = 70°). The new members adopt the alunite parent structure-type (space group R

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m, no. 166), with a = 7.763(1)/7.813(1)/7.817(1)/7.845(1), c = 17.575(3)/17.682(3)/18.075(3)/16.997(3) Å, V = 917.2(2)/934.8 (2)/956.5(2)/905.9(2) Å3 (Z = 3), and R(F) = 1.36 / 1.21 / 1.23 / 1.33%, respectively. The H atoms could be located in each compound. Hydrogen bonds are all within a very close range (O3...O1 = 2.959–3.020 Å). All alkali and Sc/In sites are fully occupied, and the alkali atoms do not show any positional disorder, unlike Ag which is distinctly off-origin in AgIn3(CrO4)2(OH)6. Average bond-lengths are as follows: [12]K–O=3.003, [6]Sc–O = 2.106, [4]Cr–O = 1.653 Å (KSc member); [12]K–O=3.000, [6]In–O = 2.145, [4]Cr–O = 1.653 Å (KIn); [12]Rb–O=3.051, [6]In–O = 2.147, Cr–O = 1.653 Å (RbIn); and [9]Ag–O=2.826, [6]In–O= 2.142, [4]Cr–O = 1.648 Å (AgIn). The origin and possible meaning of a small, but conspicuous residual-density peak at (0, 0, 0.5) in the In members is discussed. These chromates represent the first structurally characterized Sc and In members of the large alunite supergroup, and may serve as analogues in future studies of naturally occurring Fe or sulfate members. Alunite-type Cs analogues could not be synthesized hydrothermally, in agreement with the fact that no natural or synthetic Cs compounds with the alunite topology have been reported so far. Instead, the syntheses yielded orthorhombic CsSc(CrO4)2 [CsCr3+(Cr6+O4)2-type] and monoclinic CsIn(CrO4)2 [(NH4)Fe(CrO4)2-type].

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