Eosin: a versatile organic dye whose synthetic uses keep expanding
Organic dyes, which absorb light in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum, offer a lower cost, greener alternative to precious metals in photocatalysis. In this context, the organic dye eosin's uses are currently expanding at a significant rate. For a long time, its action as an energy transfer agent dominated, more recently, however, there has been a growing interest in its potential as an electron transfer agent. In this short review, we highlight some recent (from 2016 onwards) contributions to the field with a focus on the breadth of the reactions eosin can catalyse.