I've been following a published synthesis that is supposed to allow me to produce an aldehyde-functionalized methacrylate monomer.
The initial synthesis step was to react methacroyl chloride with aminoacetaldehyde dimethylacetal to form the diacetal monomer.
The paper I was following then stated a deprotection step was done by reacting the monomer in ~20 % acetic acid at 100 C for 3 hours. Finally, the resulting 1,2-diol was reacted with sodium periodate to generate an aldehyde.
However, when I performed the second step, the diacetal was converted directly to an aldehyde. I can't explain how this happened without any obvious oxidizer present, and I know my PhD committee is going to ask me about it.
Does anyone have any idea how this could happen?