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AbstractThe growing demand for highly efficient and environmentally benign energy technologies drives research on electrochemical materials. In this realm, theory, modeling, and simulation are contributing powerful methods and tools to study how complex multifunctional materials come to life during self-organization, how they live and work, and how they age and fail. The presentation will scrutinize a hierarchy of interrelated scientific challenges that determine cost, performance and lifetime of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. It will provide an account of recent advances in the development of first principles methods in electrocatalysis, the modeling and simulation of reaction conditions at mesoscopic interfacial regions between catalyst/support surface and ionomer skin layer, and the comprehensive modeling of complex water phenomena that couple processes across cell components and scales. The presented tools and analyses bolster efforts in materials selection, structural design and testing, as well as overall performance evaluation and improvement.