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Kang Xu

ARL Fellow

Senior Chemist, Project Lead

U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Kang acts as a research Chemist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He serves as a frequent panelist for industry, DOE, Electrochemical Society, and other international academic communities. He has 114 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has edited/co-authored three books and book chapters.

Selected Publications

  • ‘“Water-in-Salt’ Electrolyte Enables High Voltage Aqueous Li-ion Battery Chemistries”, L. Suo, O. Borodin, T. Gao, M. Olguin, J. Ho, X. Fan, C. Luo, C. Wang, and K. Xu, Science, 2015, 350, 938
  • “Making Batteries Safer”, L. Hu, and K. Xu, PNAS, 2014, 111, 3205
  • “Electrolytes and Interphases in Li Ion Batteries and Beyond”, K. Xu, Chem. Rev., 2014,  114, 11503
  • “Non-aqueous Liquid Electrolytes for Lithium-based Rechargeable Batteries”, K. Xu, Chem. Rev., 2004, 104, 4303


Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.S. Polymer Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Physics, Academy of Sciences
B.S. Organic Chemistry, Southwest University

Research Currently in Progress

  • energy storage materials
  • interface chemistry in electrochemical devices
  • bio-inspired synthesis of materials