Electronic – What chemicals cause the burnt silicon / IC smell?


I've had a power mosfet go bad on me before, and I'm sure as many of you can guess, I had to answer "whoaaaa, what did you explode in here today" question many times!

I was wondering, does anyone know specifically what kind of chemicals give the "burnt" smell that silicon devices give off when they light on fire / explode / go bad?

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