Karel van Laarhoven works as a scientific researcher in the Water Infrastructure team. In 2016, he received his doctorate in physics from Eindhoven University of Technology. His doctoral work dealt with the interface of thermodynamics, microbiology and fluid transport in permeable materials. Multidisciplinary collaboration and practice-orientation played a central role in this. On the same basis, Karel will be busy at KWR with various subjects in the field of water distribution. Specifically, he will be focusing on the role of pipe materials in problems associated for instance with water quality or infrastructure failure.