Kang Xu has been doing researches on electrolyte materials and interphasial chemistry for electrochemical devices. He has been recognized multiple times by Awards both inside and outside of Department of Defense.
He has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written/edited 3 chapters/books, and currently holds 20 issued U. S. patents. Among these he is best known in the field for the two comprehensive reviews at Chemical Reviews in 2004 and 2014, which were regarded as desk references by the researchers, and a paper at Science in 2015 that marks the seminal work on high voltage aqueous electrolytes. He is an active member of the Electrochemical Society and Materials Research Society, and often serves in various academic/governmental/industry panels as expert in energy storage technology and materials. In 2016 he was elected ARL Fellow. His publications have received 11,000+ citations in the open literature, with an h-index of 57.