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Emile Webster

Senior Research Scientist

Temperature and Humidity

Areas of expertise

  • Thermocouple thermometry
  • Instrument communications and design
  • NI LabVIEW/Vision developer
  • Mechanical design
  • Powder flow and density measurement


• PhD in Engineering (Instrumentation and process control)


Emile started his working career as an electronics service technician after finishing an NZCEE (CIT) in the early 1990's. Some years later he completed a BSc in Physics and BA in Philosophy (Victoria University and Waikato University). After finishing his undergraduate degrees, he was employed by the Engineering School at Massey University in Wellington. While employed at Massey he started a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology, which later led to a PhD (Investigation of Acoustical Methods for Volumetric and Bulk Density Determination of Solids, Liquids and Particles using the Helmholtz Resonator). Nearing the end of his doctorate, he was offered a position at the Riddet Institute (Centre of Research Excellence) in Palmerston North working on a powder processing project. Two years later (2011) he started his current position at MSL in Temperature Standards.
Within MSL Emile has the responsibility of maintaining a thermocouple research and testing capability, sufficient to offer calibration services to industry and to disseminate information on best practice when employing thermocouple measurements. From this work many peer-reviewed papers have now been published that describe the drift processes in both industrial and reference thermocouples. He is also actively involved in providing LabVIEW software solutions within the Temperature Standards team.


Webster, E. S., "Seebeck Changes Due to Residual Cold-Work and Reversible Effects in Type K Bare-Wire Thermocouples." Int. J. Thermophys. 38 (2017): 1-18.

Webster, E. S., "Drift in Type K Bare-wire Thermocouples from Different Manufacturers." Int. J. Thermophys. 38 (2017): 1-14.

Webster, E. S., "Thermal Preconditioning of MIMS Type K Thermocouples to Reduce Drift." Int. J. Thermophys. 38 (2016): 1-14.

Webster, E. S., Greenen, A. and Pearce, J., "Inhomogeneity in Type B and Land-Jewell noble-metal thermocouples." Int. J. Thermophys. 37 (2016): 1-19.

Webster, E. S. and Edler, F., "Drift as a function of temperature in platinum-rhodium-alloyed thermoelements." Int. J. Thermophys. 38 (2016): 1-14.

Webster, E. S., "Effect of annealing procedure in determining drift as a function of temperature between 170°C and 900°C in Type S thermocouples." Int. J. Thermophys. 36 (2015): 1909-1924.

Webster, E. S., Mason, R. S., Greenen, A. and Pearce, J. "A system for high-temperature homogeneity scanning of noble-metal thermocouples." Int. J. Thermophys. 36 (2015): 2922-2939.

Webster, E. S. and White, D. R., "Thermocouple homogeneity scanning." Metrologia 52 (2015): 130-144.

Webster, E. S., "Low-temperature drift in MIMS base-metal thermocouples." Int. J. Thermophys. 35 (2014): 574-595.

Webster, E. S., White, D. R., and Edgar, H. "Measurement of inhomogeneities in MIMS thermocouples using a linear-gradient furnace and dual heat-pipe scanner." Int. J. Thermophys. 36 (2014): 444-466.