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Surfaces in a hygiene critical environment can become potential reservoirs for transmission of pathogenic infections. Engineering surfaces with the tunable anti-biofouling and antibacterial properties could reduce infections particularly in hospitals and public transport hubs. In the present work, a facile two-step process has been deployed to fabricate a superhydrophobic and antibacterial aluminum surface by chemical etching, followed by passivation with low surface energy octyltriethoxysilanedoi:10.3390/coatings10100982 fatcat:f4tgs7lohnd2rn63uoxvswkamm