A novel hybrid adsorbent D001-PEI was fabricated for selective Cu(II) removal by immobilizing soluble polyethyleneimine (PEI) nanoclusters within a macroporous cation exchange resin D001. Negligible release of PEI nanoclusters unexpectedly observed during operation may result from the porous cross-linking nature of D-001 as well as the electrostatic attraction between PEI and D001. Increasing solution pH from 1 to 6 results in more favorable Cu(II) retention by D001-PEI, and Cu(II) adsorption onto D001-PEI follows the Langmuir model and the pseudosecond-order kinetic model well. Compared to the host cation exchanger D001, D001-PEI displays more preferable adsorption toward Cu(II) in the presence of competing Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) at greater levels in solution. Fixed-bed adsorption runs showed that Cu(II) sequestration on D001-PEI could result in its conspicuous decrease from 5 mg/L to below 0.01 mg/L. Also, the spent hybrid adsorbent can be readily regenerated by 6-8 BV HCl (0.2 mol/L)-NaCl (0.5 mol/L) binary solution for repeated use with negligible capacity loss. The results reported herein validate that D001-PEI is a promising adsorbent for enhanced removal of Cu(II) and other heavy metals from waste effluents.