Abstract A macroreticular polystyrene-based chelating ion-exchanger containing 1-nitroso-2-naphthol as the functional group has been synthesized. The exchange-capacity of the resin for a number of metal ions such as copper(II), iron(III), cobalt(II), nickel(II), palladium(II) and uranium(VI) as a function of pH has been determined. The sorption and elution characteristics for palladium(II) and uranium(VI) have been thoroughly examined with a view to utilizing the resin for separation and concentration of uranium and palladium. Uranium(VI) has been separated from a mixture of ten other metal ions by sorption on the chelating resin and selective elution with 0.5 M sodium carbonate. Palladium(II) has been separated from various metal ions by selective sorption on the resin in 1 M hydrochloric acid medium.