Abstract New chelating sorbents are prepared by 3,3′,4′,5,7-pentahydroxyflavone adsorption from butanol and acetone–hexane (1:4) solutions, characterized by isotherm of sorption, IR-spectroscopy and studied for pre-concentrating and sorption-spectroscopic determination of Sn(IV). The solid-phase Quercetin with satisfactory analytical characteristics was formed by adsorption from acetone–hexane (1:4) mixture. The quantitative recovery of Sn(IV) from aqueous solution with modified sorbent was observed at pH 1.8–2.2. The tolerance limits of heavy metal ions in the sorption of Sn(IV) are reported. The limit of Sn detection is 0.06 mg l −1. The linearity of calibration graph has been observed up to 1.2 mg l −1. The method has been applied to determine Sn in high purity zinc materials.